Man sentenced over fatal Labour Day 2017 police chase

Man sentenced over fatal Labour Day 2017 police chase
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The driver of a car that crashed into a tree in the Auckland suburb of St Lukes while fleeing police, killing two people, has been jailed for three years.

He had been charged with two counts of reckless driving causing death and another two charges of reckless driving causing injury.

Five people were in the car. Two people were killed and three others ended up in a serious condition when the car ploughed into a tree following a police pursuit along the North Western motorway.

The car had been travelling at approximately 130km/hr in an 80km/hr zone.

It took the St Lukes off-ramp and, when trying to overtake another car, crashed into a tree on St Lukes Road.

The two people that died were Connor Talaimanu, 29, and Sharina Storm Meuli, 25, both from Auckland.

At the time NZME reported Mr Talaimanu had applied to join the police force shortly before his death.