Two men were seriously injured when a stolen car crashed
during a police pursuit in central Auckland following a
string of aggravated robberies overnight.
Police said the pursuit had started about 12.35am on the
North Shore, where police had been called to a string of
aggravated robberies, and continued at high speeds along the
motorway towards central Auckland.
The car crashed at the intersection of Nelson St and Fanshawe
Two men, believed to be aged between 18-20, were taken to
hospital with serous injuries.
The incident started after a member of public alerted police
to a car's occupants acting suspiciously in Devonport about
Police checks revealed that the vehicle had been reported
Shortly after, an aggravated robbery was reported in a
cemetery near to where the stolen car had been reported in
The victim had been assaulted and had items stolen from them.
When police arrived, they found four people inside the stolen
vehicle. The occupants told police the driver of the car had
fled and was armed with a firearm and a knife.
A second aggravated robbery was reported about 11.45pm.
Police were told a person had been assaulted with a weapon in
nearby Clarence St, Devonport, and the offender had stolen
Fifteen minutes later, an aggravated robbery was reported at
the McDonald's in Glenfield. Two offenders stole a handbag
and fled in a vehicle matching the description of the car
that had just been stolen.
Police tried to stop the car around the intersection of the
Albany and Upper Harbour highways, but the driver fled and
the pursuit was launched.
Police said the crash was being investigated by the police
serious crash unit. The Independent Police Conduct Authority
will also be advised of the incident.
None of the aggravated robbery victims was believed to be
have been seriously injured, but their exact injuries were
Police said the four people found inside the first stolen car
in Devonport were assisting police with inquiries.