Four people have been arrested in Raglan for allegedly breaking into a car before crashing it into a lamp post after a lengthy police chase.
Three males aged 14, 15 and 30 have been taken into custody, along with a 20-year-old woman who was also a passenger in the car.
Police received reports of a car being broken into just after 6pm yesterday.
"Officers arrived and were told one of the occupants of a Mazda Demio car had been seen breaking into a parked car but had fled when he realised he had been seen," says Senior Sergeant Juliet Burgess.
Officers were given an accurate description of the car and its registration number, so could determine the vehicle had been stolen in Hamilton on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old driver was later seen by police heading east on Riria Kereopa Memorial Dr but refused to stop.
Police pursued the car towards central Raglan and out onto SH23, eastwards towards Hamilton.
"Due to the nature of the offender's driving, police lost sight of the car on a number of occasions but other members of the public pointed out the Mazda's direction of travel," says Snr Sgt Burgess.
The pursuit continued through Waingaro and towards Ngaruawahia, before police put spikes on the ground on the western outskirts of the town.
The driver then lost control of the car and crashed into a lamp post.
He and three others were arrested at the scene and one was treated for minor injuries.
"In addition to the issue of the stolen Mazda and the breaking into of the car in Raglan, the 30-year-old male driver will face a variety of driving charges," says Snr Sgt Burgess.