Police car hit by fleeing driver crashes into house


A fleeing driver dodged road spikes but crashed into a police car, sending the  vehicle smashing into a house, during a pursuit in Invercargill this morning.

Inspector Mike Bowman, acting area commander for Southland, said police were called to a family harm incident in the city shortly after 10am.

A man is alleged to have threatened people at the house before fleeing in a vehicle, Insp Bowman said.

Police caught up with the vehicle soon after, near Grasmere, and laid road spikes in an attempt to stop it.

The fleeing driver avoided the road spokes and continued driving towards Invercargill, followed by police towards the Windsor area.

A van lies on its side after a police pursuit ended in a crash in Invercargill today. Photo: Abbey Palmer
A van lies on its side after a police pursuit ended in a crash in Invercargill today. Photo: Abbey Palmer

"The fleeing driver has then collided with a police car and as a result of this crash the police vehicle has hit a house causing significant damage," Insp Bowman said.

No-one was seriously injured in the incident, but the fleeing driver was arrested at the scene.

Police would like to hear from any witnesses to the crash, or anyone who saw the man driving a red Mitsubishi ute between Grasmere and Windsor between 10am and 10.45am today.

Police inquiries were continuing into the family harm incident and the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Invercargill Police on (03) 211-0400.

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