Two people have been arrested after an intense police chase across Auckland on Monday afternoon, which saw a television thrown out of the car and the Eagle helicopter called in.
A stolen car linked to a burglary in Epsom earlier in the day was seen driving dangerously in Penrose at around 3:20pm.
Police gave chase through Pakuranga, towards Counties Manukau, at times pulling away due to safety concerns and leaving just the Eagle helicopter to pursue, coming “alarmingly close” to pedestrians in a school area.
At one point those fleeing tossed a flat-screen TV out of the car and onto the road, police said.
The car eventually stopped after running over road spikes on Cavendish Dr, Manukau, at around 3:40pm.
It kept going near Lambie Dr, smashing into two parked cars before finally coming to a grinding halt.
Two people have been arrested and will face “a number of charges” after the chase, Inspector Kerry Watson said.
“[We are] extremely disappointed these people thought it was acceptable to behave in this manner and endanger the lives of members of the public,” he said.
“We are very grateful this incident didn’t play out differently and will be sure to hold these offenders to account for their actions.”
Anyone who saw the pursuit is asked to contact police to help the investigation into the incident.