Driver to appear in court after chase
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 9:54a.m.
A 36-year-old man has appeared in Manukau District Court on this morning on driving and other charges after a police pursuit through South Auckland yesterday.
The chase began about 10:30am yesterday when the car sped off toward Auckland after being pulled over by an officer in Pokeno, 50km south of the city, police said.
The car had earlier been spotted in Waikato's Te Kauwhata and identified as stolen.
Officers chased the car along the Southern Motorway before it turned off and drove through Manurewa with police in pursuit.
The car then allegedly rammed a stationary police vehicle which was blocking the road before hitting a nearby car, injuring a woman driver's shoulder.
A Manukau Counties Police spokeswoman wouldn't reveal what speeds the chase had got up to as the incident was being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The driver of the stolen car, Matthew Neil Speck, faces charges of failing to stop, reckless driving, receiving a stolen vehicle and car theft. He had 18 outstanding warrants for arrest against him.
A 32-year-old woman passenger in the car is also due to appear in court.
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23/06/2012 6:24:06 p.m.
and he will probably just get a slap on the wrist, NZ justice system is pathetic
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