Disqualified teen's driving irks police

A disqualified teen driver's decision to flee police, sparking a pursuit through central Dunedin, has angered police.

The vehicle was spotted by a police patrol in Albany St and the driver signalled to stop for a compliance check about 10.30am yesterday, Sergeant Ed Baker said.

''But he has failed to stop and took off at a great rate of knots.''

The driver, carrying three passengers, was estimated to have sped southwards at more than 100kmh in Castle St along the one-way system.

''He was driving in a dangerous manner and sped through a number of red lights and continued in that fashion all the way to Queens Gardens,'' Sgt Baker said.

His driving was ''absolutely ridiculous''.

''His manner of driving just to avoid the police put whoever was on that road at that particular time in danger.''

Police stopped him at a set of lights at Queens Gardens a short time later.

The 17-year-old was charged with failing to stop, reckless driving and driving while forbidden.

He is due to appear in the Dunedin District Court next week.


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