New video of 'reckless idiot' fleeing wrong way down Auckland motorway

  • 22/09/2017

New footage has emerged of a fleeing criminal speeding the wrong way down an Auckland motorway in a stolen car.

The footage, provided to Newshub, shows the traffic swerving out of the way to avoid a high-speed crash on the Southern Motorway on Friday.

Police say the car was involved in an aggravated robbery on Thursday night in Papatoetoe. The car entered the motorway in an apparent attempt to escape the law.

Witness Daniel North says he was travelling north, when he noticed the Eagle Helicopter hovering over the Takanini onramp.

He then saw a police car driving the wrong way down the southbound service lane.

"It wasn't until we were going past the Hill Rd exit, we saw the vehicle being driven erratically in the wrong direction up against the median barrier, dodging oncoming traffic in lane one," he says.

Mr North calls it a "miracle" that the driver didn't collide with anyone.

"Other drivers had to take evasive action to avoid the totally reckless idiot behind the wheel."

Five people are now in police custody.