A Dunedin teenager has been remanded on bail and four others
also face charges following a police pursuit through the city
that went for 46km and reached speeds of up to 135kmh on
A seventeen-year-old appeared before justices of the peace in
the Dunedin District Court on Saturday, charged with
unlawfully taking a late model Toyota Hilux from Dunedin
several hours earlier, dangerous driving, failure to stop and
theft from a car.
He was arrested about 2.30am on Saturday following a 46km
pursuit from Dunedin to Taieri Mouth, Senior Sergeant Kelvin
Police allege he was driving a vehicle that reached speeds of
up to 135kmh in open speed zones, up to 100kmh in 50kmh-70kmh
speed zones, ran red lights and crossed centre lines with
''serious disregard for public safety'', during the pursuit.
The pursuit ended when spikes were deployed near Waihola and
the vehicle ran over them.
Police opposed bail and the teen was remanded on a 24-hour
curfew with strict conditions until his appearance today in
the Dunedin Youth Court His four passengers, aged between 14
and 19, all got police bail.
They faced charges of unlawfully getting into a vehicle and
unrelated charges connected to items stolen from other
vehicles prior to the pursuit, Snr Sgt Lloyd said.