A teenage driver who crashed a stolen car during a police
chase, injuring all three people inside, has been charged
over the incident.
The teenagers are still in hospital following the crash, in
which they smashed into a pole in Auckland's North Shore
early early yesterday.
A 15-year-old front seat passenger remained in a critical
condition and the 15-year-old driver and a 13-year-old back
seat passenger were stable, a hospital spokesman said.
The driver had been charged with failing to stop and
unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, a police spokeswoman said.
More details may be made available later today, she said.
Yesterday, North Shore area commander Inspector Shanan Gray
said the period between the police car turning on its lights
and the boys' car crashing was very brief.
"The pursuit appears to have lasted less than a minute.
Initial indications would say that speed was a factor."
A police patrol car noticed the Subaru the teens were driving
was behaving erratically about 12.40am.
They activated their lights and sirens, but the driver failed
It crashed moments later at an intersection at Takapuna.
The car was allegedly stolen from a Devonport address around
midnight, police said.