Tauranga Police hunt checkpoint avoiders
Tauranga Police are on the lookout for two people who fled from a checkpoint overnight.
At 8.40pm, a car approaching a police Covid-19 checkpoint - a checkpoint where police check to see if you have a valid reason to be out driving during the Level 4 lockdown - in Papamoa failed to stop, says a police spokesperson.
“Spikes were successfully deployed near Parton Road and two people got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
“Cordons were put in place and a police dog tracked in the area but the pair were not located.”
A witness to the incident says the vehicle that fled the checkpoint ended up in a paddock near the Tauranga Eastern Link.
"It drove onto the grass on the side of eastern link behind Pense Place, and dukes of hazzard styled it over a bank.
"It came to a halt in a farm gate at the end of the floodway between Pense Place and Manaia Lane in Papamoa."
Police say the vehicle has been impounded.
“Enquiries are ongoing to locate the two people.”
Anyone with information about the fleeing vehicle or its occupants can contact police on their 105 non-emergency number.
Information can also be phoned in anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.