Fleeing drivers continue to put public in danger

Fleeing drivers continue to try and evade police in Christchurch.
 
Three incidents happened on Sunday night and in the early hours of Monday morning. Police abandoned two of the pursuits, and in the other stopped a fleeing vehicle with road spikes.
 
The pursuits come a week after Jayden Richard Breakwell, 18, was jailed for leading police on a high-speed chase which killed Christchurch Hospital worker Kenneth McCaul, 64.
 
Breakwell was convicted of manslaughter and reckless driving causing injury.
 
Kenneth McCaul. Photo: File
Kenneth McCaul. Photo: File
He was on a learner licence when his Toyota Caldina T-boned Mr McCaul's car at intersection of Idris and Glandovey Rds in Fendalton shortly after 4am on October 22.
 
Mr McCaul was on his way to work.
 
The first police chase began at about 7.45pm on Sunday when a police unit identified a wanted vehicle in the Sydenham area and indicated it to stop.
 
The driver failed to stop and fled, Senior Sergeant Paul Robertson said.
 
Police initially followed the vehicle but stopped a short time later due to the nature of the driving of the fleeing driver.
 
At 11.40pm, a second vehicle failed to stop and fled from police in Avonside.
 
The vehicle was lost sight of, but was located again and road spikes were used to bring the vehicle to a stop near Main North Rd about 12.10am.
 
A 25-year-old man was due to appear in Christchurch District Court on Monday on numerous charges including burglary, failing to stop, reckless driving, driving while disqualified, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, and aggravated assault.
 
The third separate police chase happened on Monday morning at 1.20am when police attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle in Richmond.
 
The vehicle failed to stop and the driver chose to flee.
 
Senior Sergeant Robertson said again police followed for a short time before stopping due to the nature of the driving of the fleeing driver.
 
Inquiries to locate the driver are ongoing.
 
Senior Sergeant Robertson said the ultimate responsibility for fleeing driver incidents will always lie with the offending driver and their choice to flee from police.
 
"The one thing police want everybody to take on board is if they’re signalled to stop by police, they should pull over and stop," he said.
 
Senior Sergeant Robertson said many of the drivers who flee demonstrate high-risk behaviours and put themselves and innocent members of the public at risk.

 

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