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Police say they tried to pull over a car about 8.30am on Wainui St in Riccarton - but the driver fled.
The officers quickly abandoned the chase due to the manner of driving, police said.
A witness said he was almost hit by a brown Ford Falcon driving up the wrong side of Blenheim Rd.
Police say the car crashed into a parked vehicle on Middleton Rd, and the driver and a passenger fled on foot.
The driver was caught and arrested near the scene. A search is still under way for the other person.