Teen trio arrested after police chase

A high-speed chase between Hutt Valley and Wellington ended with the arrest of three teens early this morning.

The drama unfolded when police attempted to stop a suspected stolen vehicle in Stokes Valley at 2am, Sergeant Pete Theobald said.

The driver fled from police, leading them on a 25 minute chase down State Highway 1 into Wellington, reaching speeds of up to 140kmh.

The chase ended in Ngauranga Gorge when the 17-year-old driver stopped and ran off on foot.

A police dog helped find him a short time later.

He was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

The two passengers of the car, aged 18 and 16, were charged with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle.

The 18-year-old also had a warrant for his arrest and the 16-year-old was breaching bail conditions.

All three would appear in Lower Hutt District Court today.


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