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Hastings chase: Two arrested after wanted man’s spiked car stopped meters from police station

Two people were arrested just meters from the police station in central Hastings after almost 10 police cars chased and then attacked an “erratic” fleeing driver.

Police said the chase began shortly before 10pm on Thursday after officers identified the driver of a vehicle as a man wanted for alleged family harm offences.

“The vehicle was instructed to stop on Pakowhai Rd but failed to do so and fled from police and a pursuit began,” a police spokesperson said.

A wanted man was arrested in Hastings after a high-speed chase that ended just meters from the local police station.  Photo / Paul Taylor
A wanted man was arrested in Hastings after a high-speed chase that ended just meters from the local police station. Photo / Paul Taylor

A witness who saw the chase said nearly 10 police cars followed the alleged criminal. By the time he ended the chase, most of the offending vehicle’s tires had burst, he said.

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The police spokesperson said the driver drove from Pakowhai Rd erratically and at high speed, heading towards the rural settlement of Bridge Pā before returning to Hastings via State Highway 2.

“(The car) was targeted on State Highway 2 and police vehicles maneuvered around the offender’s vehicle to slow it down as it entered the Hastings CBD.”

Hastings Police Station at 102 Eastbourne St West.  Photo / Warren Buckland
Hastings Police Station at 102 Eastbourne St West. Photo / Warren Buckland

The chase ended when the car stopped near the intersection of Railway Rd and Eastbourne St West, about 150 meters from Hastings police station.

“A 47-year-old man was arrested and is due to appear at Hastings District Court on June 11 facing charges relating to family harm offences,” the spokesperson said.

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“A second person in the vehicle was arrested but not charged.”

The police spokesperson also confirmed that a police vehicle was attacked during the chase and would “soon be back on the road.”

A car drove erratically through the Hastings financial district and was stopped near the local police station.  Photo / Paul Taylor
A car drove erratically through the Hastings financial district and was stopped near the local police station. Photo / Paul Taylor

In a chase last month in Central Hawke’s Bay, police used spikes to stop a stolen car driven by youths.

However, the picks were stolen by members of the public before they could be recovered.

Mitchell Hageman joined Hawke’s Bay Today in January 2023. From his base in Napier, he writes regularly on social issues, arts and culture, and the community.