Bottles flung at police during Dunedin chase


A teenage driver who fled Dunedin police at high speed as a passenger hung out of the window and threw bottles at police in pursuit, continued driving after losing his car tires in an accident, police said.

However, the two did not escape the police chase for long and within 15 minutes after the chase, they were tracked down by police and dogs, with one of the two teens receiving a bite from a police dog.

Sgt. Mike Calvert of Dunedin said police were called at 1 am to Andersons Bay Rd after reports of a suspicious vehicle.

Police said the car stopped, but the suspects left.

Police chased the vehicle while a passenger hanging out of his window threw items including bottles into officers.

The car drove "a few miles" to Princes St, where police created a blockade so they could not reach the octagon, Sergeant Calvert said.

"The police have taken steps to avoid risk to the public."

The driver then turned off the lights on the car and police abandoned the search for public safety, he said.

The assailants knocked near Crawford St and lost tires, before leaving again.

By this time, the driver maneuvered the vehicle in three rings.

Officials located the car on the corner of Hanover and Grange Sts

A passenger of the vehicle threatened the police and began to flee from them.

He was arrested by a police dog about 40 meters from the car.

At that time, less than 15 minutes have passed since the job was called.

A 16-year-old man is being referred to the youth for various traffic offenses.

A 17-year-old man who was treated for dog bite wounds at Dunedin Hospital this morning will appear in the Dunedin District Court.


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