Two Auckland teenagers have been arrested after the stolen car they were travelling in took the wrong motorway exit, driving right across road spikes laid by the police.
The 18-year-olds were spotted on Symonds St in the CBS just before 10:30pm on Friday night. Police chased them onto the motorway, but abandoned the pursuit shortly afterwards.
Unaware police had laid spikes on the road just after the Ellerslie-Panmure off-ramp, the driver took that exit, damaging the car's tyres.
The car was soon found on Laud Ave, and despite the rain, a dog tracked down the suspects.
No one was hurt in the chase.
"This is a great example of proactive police work that has resulted in getting car thieves off our streets and making our community a safer place for everyone," said Insp Chris Tate.
One of the pair will appear in court on Saturday charged with failing to stop for police and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, and the other has been bailed to appear at a later date.