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Two people have been taken into custody after police attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in South Otago yesterday afternoon.
Tony Ritchie, Youth Services Supervisor with Dunedin police, said the pair have been referred to Youth Aid in relation to a burglary in the Dunedin suburb of Mornington, where the vehicle was taken.
Several police vehicles cordoned off a section of State Highway 1 near the intersection with Whitiker Rd, about 8km south of Balclutha, at 3pm.
Highway traffic continued to flow slowly past an abandoned red Mazda, which had a missing front right tyre.
The vehicle was not stopped and police did not pursue the vehicle, which was found abandoned a short time later.
The Otago Daily Times understands an individual being tracked left the vehicle, before heading across farmland to the north.
About 4pm, a police dog and his handlers arrived from Dunedin and began searching nearby farmland, after picking up a scent from the abandoned car.
State Highway 1 remained open during the incident.