Police pursue car going wrong way on Auckland motorway

Witnesses said the car was on the shoulder of the motorway.
Witnesses said the car was on the shoulder of the motorway. Photo credit: Jordan Masters

Witnesses have reported seeing a car heading the wrong way on Auckland's motorway after being pursued by police on Wednesday.

"Bit of drama on the motorway!" wrote one person on Twitter. 

"Police chase, and a car racing the wrong way. Hope it all ends safely."

NZ Transport Agency responded to the tweet saying: "We understand that issue is now resolved and can confirm that all sections of our motorway system through Auckland remain open this morning."

The witness said they were in the fast lane and "it took me a while to compute what I was seeing. A car speeding the wrong way on the shoulder".

Police confirmed that a driver failed to stop in Albany around 10:20 am.

"Due to the manner of driving, police eventually abandoned the fleeing driver," a spokesperson said.

"Members of the public had also reported the vehicle driving on the wrong side of the motorway."

Police said the vehicle was involved in two minor collisions - with a motorway barrier and with another vehicle. 

Another witness told NZME that the feeling car had its bonnet smashed in, which would have made it difficult for the driver to see.

"He was using the side of the road of the motorway so he didn't hit the cars... using that scrubbed up part that you might desperately pull into if you had a flat tyre," she told NZME.

The vehicle was eventually stopped after spikes were deployed on Dairy Flat Highway and the male driver was taken into custody.

No serious injuries were reported.

"Enquiries are ongoing and charges are likely to be laid," the spokesperson said.