are investigating why a vehicle involved in a high-speed
police chase on the Strath Taieri yesterday had false licence
The 16-year-old unlicensed driver is in Dunedin Hospital with
a serious head injury after the Toyota Rav 4 crashed and
rolled three times while fleeing police at Clarks Junction.
The crash happened on a bend on State Highway 87 about
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles said the Dunedin teen was the
sole occupant of the Toyota Rav 4, which had been reported
A police car pursued it after clocking it travelling towards
Middlemarch ''well in excess of the 100kmh speed limit''.
Snr Sgt Scoles said the officer attempted unsuccessfully to
stop the vehicle.
Police gave chase for about four minutes, and the vehicle
reached speeds of up to 140kmh before failing to take a
corner and rolling three times.
The driver was found unconscious and flown to Dunedin
Hospital by the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter with a
serious head injury.
''Initial indications are that the pursuit was conducted in
accordance with police policy,'' Snr Sgt Scoles said.
Police serious crash investigators attended the scene
The youth remained in a serious condition last night, but his
injuries were not life-threatening, Snr Sgt Scoles said.
Farmer Jim McDonald, owner of nearby Mt Gowrie Station, went
to the scene when he heard the helicopter fly in.
He had attended several bad crashes at the 70kmh corner,
mainly involving drivers who did not know the road.
The corner could not be negotiated at more than 100kmh, even
by experienced drivers familiar with the unusual camber, he
''This was just inexperience and speed.''
The crash could have been worse, as Mr McDonald had been
moving a flock of sheep up the same stretch of road only 10