Two nabbed after stolen car abandoned on highway

Two people have been taken into custody after police abandoned efforts to stop a stolen vehicle in  South Otago this afternoon.

Several police vehicles cordoned off a section of State Highway 1 near the intersection with Whitiker Rd, about 8km south of Balclutha, around 3pm.

Highway traffic continued to flow slowly past an abandoned red Mazda, which had a missing front right tyre.

A police spokesman said officers had attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in Balclutha, and deployed spikes when the car refused to stop.

The vehicle was not stopped and police did not pursue the vehicle, which was found abandoned a short time later.

The car was abandoned on the side of State Highway 1. Photo: Richard Davison
The car was abandoned on the side of State Highway 1. Photo: Richard Davison
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.

Two people were later taken into custody, and the matter has been referred to Youth Aid.

The highway remained open during the incident. 



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