Two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old were injured, one
critically, when a stolen car crashed into a pole in Auckland
during a police pursuit overnight.
A patrol car spotted the Subaru being driven erratically
about 12.20am along Hustmere Road in Takapuna, North Shore
Area Commander Inspector Shanan Gray said today.
Police lost sight of the vehicle, but later spotted it near
the Milford Town Centre, where they began to pursue it.
Moments later, the vehicle crashed into a pole at the
intersection of Wairau and Shakespeare Roads, Mr Gray said.
The 15-year-old front seat passenger is in Auckland Hospital
in a critical condition. The 15-year-old driver was also
taken to Auckland Hospital with minor injuries.
The 13-year-old back seat passenger was taken to Starship
Hospital with moderate injuries, Mr Gray said.
The crashed Subaru vehicle was stolen from a Devonport
address, he said.
The two 15-year-olds were from Mt Roskill and the 13-year-old
was from Westmere.
Their next of kin were with them at hospital.
A number of investigations were underway, Mr Gray said.
"The scene has been examined by the Waitemata Serious Crash
Unit, the CIB are also investigating and as is standard
procedure, we've notified the IPCA (Independent Police
"No police officer wants a fleeing driver incident to end
These types of incidents were "fast-moving and unpredictable"
and police always faced a difficult balance between their
duty to enforce the law and protect life, and to consider why
the driver felt the need to avoid speaking to police, Mr Gray