Teen leads police on pursuit through Tauranga

The pursuit began on Hewletts Road at about 8.30pm. File photo.

A 16-year-old is facing driving related charges following a police pursuit through Tauranga.

Police spotted a stolen vehicle on Hewletts Road at 8.30pm.

When officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, police say the vehicle failed to stop.

According to people who witnessed the pursuit, it started on Hewletts Road and carried on down past Bayfair towards Sandhurst Drive.

Other people reported seeing it on Domain Road, Papamoa Beach Road and out at Papamoa East at about 9pm.

A police spokesperson says the vehicle was spiked and the vehicle was eventually stopped.

“One person was taken into custody.

“A 16-year-old is due to appear in the Tauranga Youth Court today on charges including unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and failure to stop when followed by police. “




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Posted on 15-05-2020 15:32 | By dumbkof2

Should not be treated as car conversion. It is straight out theft, and should be treated as such

"Failed to stop"

Posted on 15-05-2020 10:50 | By Astoreth

Rubbish! The "driver" refused to stop. Quite a different thing to the vehicle failing to stop.

make them pay

Posted on 15-05-2020 10:47 | By hapukafin

What is the average new car price in NZ?This should the basic fine for any car conversion.


Posted on 15-05-2020 08:00 | By

Lucky buses are running again and Winters on it’s way - he’ll be able to get a wet bus ticket for being naughty. Youth Court - what an absolute joke of a system. Age for Youth Court needs to come down to 14yrs as a maximum age. Society and criminal behavior has changed since those age limits were set. It’s beyond time for a serious review. You want to lower the crime rate then start kicking it early. Too much PC.