Three lucky to be alive after police pursuit

Police say three people are lucky to be alive after a police pursuit ended with a car crashing into a creek in Waikato early today.

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 methamphetamine.

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 motor vehicle.

A decision was yet to be made on drugs charges.

Police would look to recover the car this morning.

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