Person missing after stolen car plunges into Maitai River near Nelson

Person missing after stolen car plunges into Maitai River near Nelson
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Police are searching a stolen car for a passenger after it was driven into a river near Nelson on Saturday afternoon.

Officers found the car in the Maitai River at around 4pm. One of the occupants fled the scene but was tracked down by a police dog soon after.

The other occupant has not been found and police say there "is a possibility that person is in the water".

Swift Water Rescue has been called to the scene, and a number of police are in the area.

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