An intoxicated man who sparked a police pursuit overnight
after he stole the taxi he had been riding and sped down an
Auckland motorway the wrong way has been arrested.
The incident happened just before 11pm when the "grossly
intoxicated" man got a Cheap Cabs taxi in West Auckland,
Police Communications Shift Manager Kerry Watson said.
The man started threatening the driver and then stole the
vehicle, leaving the driver on the side of the road with only
his cellphone while he "drove around west Auckland
erratically", Mr Watson said.
Police used GPS to track the taxi to Kumeu and pursued it
along the North Western motorway, where it reached speeds of
up to 150km.
It later hit a barrier at St Lukes, causing extensive damage
to the taxi, then the man turned and drove back on to the
motorway, going the wrong way, narrowly missing several
vehicles, Mr Watson said.
A police patrol car tried to block the vehicle, but they
Just before western Springs, the driver abandoned the taxi in
the middle of the road and a police dog tracked him a short
distance from the vehicle.
He has been arrested and remains in custody.
- Abby Gillies of APNZ