Teen killed in Ōtara police chase previously involved in speeding down wrong side of motorway

A teenager who died after a police chase in Ōtara, Auckland, on Monday morning was also a passenger in a stolen car which sped down the motorway on the wrong side.

Fifteen-year-old Morocco Tai crashed into a tree just after 6am on Monday morning, while trying to escape police.

His two female passengers were taken to hospital, one in a serious condition and the other with moderate injuries. Both are now stable, police say.

Only a few hours before the crash, he had posted on his Facebook page: "Who wants to get pikd [sic] up?"

Morocco Tai.
Morocco Tai. Photo credit: Facebook

On Monday afternoon, police confirmed Morocco had been involved in a previous police chase.

Just over two weeks ago he was a passenger in a car which was caught on video speeding down the wrong side of the motorway in a stolen car after an alleged aggravated robbery.

The footage showed other traffic swerving out of the way to try and avoid a high-speed crash and a witness had said it was a "miracle" that no one was hurt.

Police originally said Morocco was the driver of the vehicle at the time, but have since clarified that he was a passenger. He was charged with aggravated robbery, endangering transport and aiding a driver in a dangerous matter after the incident.

On Monday, Inspector Dave Simpson said their thoughts are with Morocco's family but emphasised the importance for people to stop in a police pursuit.

"Once again this demonstrates the tragic consequences which can occur if a driver chooses not to stop. This type of behaviour has to stop."