Police say three people are lucky to be alive after a police
pursuit ended with a car crashing into a creek in Waikato
The occupants of the fleeing car allegedly threw a large
quantity of drugs from the vehicle during the chase.
Senior Sergeant Ray Malcolmson said police established the
car was stolen during a routine stop in the Hamilton suburb
of Dinsdale shortly before 2am.
"Officers instructed the three occupants to get out of the
car but the 35-year-old male driver has instead elected to
flee the scene at speed," Mr Malcolmson said.
A police pursuit followed.
At one point the car did a U-turn and an object was thrown
from a window.
Police said the recovered 28g package tested positive for
The car then did another U-turn and the driver lost control.
"The car has then crashed down a three-metre bank, coming to
rest on its side in a creek," Mr Malcolmson said.
The driver tried to flee but was tracked by a police dog.
He was later taken to Waikato Hospital with a cut to his face
from the crash and and a number of dog bites.
A female passenger was also taken to hospital for check-up.
Neither were considered to be seriously injured.
A third person in the car was unhurt.
The driver faces a variety of charges including unlawfully
taking a motor vehicle, failing to stop, resisting arrest,
assaulting police and failing to stop," Mr Malcolmson said.
The passengers both face charges of unlawfully getting into a
A decision was yet to be made on drugs charges.
Police would look to recover the car this morning.