A 28-year-old has died after the vehicle he was a passenger
in crashed while fleeing police in South Auckland overnight,
The incident happened on Boundary Road in Otara, just before
The driver of the vehicle allegedly fled when police
signalled him to stop during an Automatic Number Plate
Recognition operation on Puhinui Rd.
The vehicle crashed into another car and flipped - trapping
both its occupants, police said.
The driver of that vehicle and the driver of the car that was
crashed into were taken to hospital.
Superintendent John Tims of Counties/Manukau police said the
"senseless tragedy" could have been prevented had the driver
of the car chosen to stop when signalled to do so, instead of
choosing to flee from police.
"What we have now is one family coming to grips with the loss
of a loved one and another sitting bedside in the hope their
loved one will recover from critical injuries.
"As a matter of course, the matter has been referred to the
IPCA (Independent Police Conduct Authority)."
A criminal investigation, which would be overseen by an
independent police investigator had also begun, Mr Tims said.
Police would also carry out a practice and policy review, he