Emergency services at the crash scene. Photo Craig Baxter
An unlicenced 16-year-old Dunedin youth is in hospital
with a serious head injury after fleeing police in a high-speed
He crashed his car on State Highway 87 near Clarks Junction.
A police car conducting radar speed enforcement recorded a
Toyota Rav 4 travelling "well in excess of the 100kmh speed
limit'' about 10.45am today.
The car was reported stolen and the driver did not have a
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin, said the police unit
attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled.
Police gave chase for about four minutes, and the vehicle
reached speeds of up to 140kmh, before failing to take a
corner and rolling several times, Snr Sgt Benn said.
The driver was found unconscious and was transported to
Dunedin Hospital by the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter with
a serious head injury.
"Apart from its speed, the vehicle's manner of driving was
good, as were road conditions. Traffic was light,'' Snr Sgt
"Initial indications are that the pursuit was conducted in
accordance with police policy.''
Police serious crash investigators attended the scene
yesterday to conduct a full investigation of the
circumstances of the crash, he said.
A full investigation will take place. Police say initial
indications are that the pursuit was conducted in accordance
with police policy.
Police were called to another crash, on the Lindis Pass near
Morven Hills, about 10.30am, after a 4WD rolled and landed
upside-down on the side of the road, Fairfax media reports.
Another car was reportedly involved. The occupants of both
vehicles all had minor injuries.