Charges after burglary, car chase

A man has been arrested after he allegedly led police on a road chase between Dunedin and Balclutha at the weekend.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said the incident began at 3pm on Saturday when a 33-year-old man allegedly committed a robbery and stole a vehicle in Dunedin.

The vehicle was seen in Green Island, but the driver had managed to elude police, he said.

Police then saw the vehicle heading south towards Milton.

As police spread out around the area, staff in Balclutha responded to reports of a burglary at the Honda motorcycle shop, Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.

It was later found to be the same suspect.

Police allege the man forced open the front door and stole a small motorcycle.

Police then followed the man as he headed back towards Dunedin where he failed to stop for police lights, Snr Sgt Dinnissen said.

The man evaded two sets of police road spikes before hitting a third, but continued to drive on the rims of the car, he said.

The offender kept going until he drove the vehicle off the road and into a ditch. The alleged offender was later located by a police dog unit, he said.

The man was apprehended and received medical attention for minor injuries sustained while resisting arrest.

He recorded an excess breath-alcohol level, Snr Sgt Dinnissen.

Police found the Honda motorcycle located in rear of the vehicle.

Police confirmed the man was facing various charges.

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