Car spiked after teen driver flees police

Police spiked a fleeing vehicle in Dunedin early yesterday then arrested the teenage driver after he left the scene on foot.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, said police saw a Nissan Tiida speeding in King Edward St, South Dunedin, about 3.30am.

The driver did not stop when signalled to, he said.

The driver fled at speed, running red lights at King Edward St and Hillside Rd.

Police did not pursue, Snr Sgt Bond said.

However, a short time later the car was seen again and this time it was spiked, deflating two tyres.

The car came to a stop in Strathallan St and its occupants — a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old — fled on foot.

The two teenagers, from Invercargill, were caught.

The car was stolen in Invercargill, Snr Sgt Bond said.

The 15-year-old was arrested and charged with unlawfully taking a vehicle, dangerous driving, aggravated failing to stop and possession of an offensive weapon.

The driver had run from the car with a tomahawk in hand, but threw it away during the pursuit, he said.