Disqualified driver flees, with passenger carrying cannabis

A 42-year-old man had more than one reason to not want to speak to police when blue and red lights appeared behind him yesterday morning.

However, the Christchurch man's decision to flee the patrol car has only landed him in more hot water.

Police indicated for the motorist to pull over when he was seen speeding on State Highway 1 near Waikouaiti about 8.25am yesterday, a police spokeswoman said.

But, rather than complying, the man fled and continued south towards Dunedin, she said.

''[The man's car] drove around spikes south of Waikouaiti,'' the spokeswoman said.

''He eventually stopped on the Kilmog.''

The man's motivation for stopping was unclear yesterday, the spokeswoman said.

But his motivation for evading police soon became apparent.

The man did not have a driver's licence, and his female passenger was carrying cannabis.

The man was charged with failing to stop, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

He remained in custody and would appear in the Dunedin District Court today.

The 33-year-old woman was released after police issued her with a pre-charge warning for possession of cannabis.

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