A small Christchurch community is reeling after a 4WD truck fleeing police smashed through a fence behind their local playground, narrowly missing equipment dozens of children use every day.
The truck was involved in a 50km police chase on Thursday, running through a river, golf course and roadworks while trying to lose patrol cars, from Amberley to a quiet street in Woolston.
A 23-year-old man was arrested and will appear in the Christchurch District Court on Friday on several charges, including reckless driving, burglary, driving while forbidden and failing to stop for police.
Residents living in a small cul-de-sac in Bromley got a shock when the truck, a Nissan Patrol with a chunky A-frame tow bar on the front, smashed through a fence they'd installed to protect their children.
Driving off Dyers Rd and up a small bank, the vehicle smashed a toy in the yard and narrowly missed a trampoline and slide set up for the local kids.
Local man Marty Cullen says around 30 children live in the area and most use the area every day, and it was lucky most were at school at the time.
"They're always out playing, there's lots of room to run around and while we used to think it's really safe down this street, [it's] not while they come from the other side, not much you can do about that."
Police are appealing for sightings of the chase, which happened between 9am and 10am on Thursday.