Police abandon pursuit in Dunedin

Police were forced to abandon a pursuit in Dunedin early today due to the dangerous way the chased vehicle was being driven.

A police spokeswoman said the suspected stolen vehicle failed to stop for officers on Macandrew Rd about 1.40am.

Police pursued the vehicle to South Rd but abandoned the chase about 1.50am because of the manner of driving.

Area searches were made but the vehicle was not found, she said.


Having a chase called off must be one of the frustrating aspects of police work. It reduces my faith in the police being able to do there job properly. These criminals that do run know that all they need to do is drive like an idiot for a bit, have the police stop chasing and go on to cause even more harm to our community.

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