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A teenager is fighting for his life after a police chase that ended with his car smashing into a house.
The 18-year-old driver was cut from the car just before 1am this morning and rushed to Whangarei Hospital in a rescue helicopter.
Two passengers suffered less serious injuries.
Police said the Toyota Altezza had rear-ended another car stopped at a stop sign and a pursuit was launched when the driver raced away from a patrol car that had tried to pull it over.
Police are investigating.