Auckland teens in custody after police pursue 'suspicious', 'erratic' vehicle in overnight chase

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Three teenagers have been apprehended by police after an early-morning pursuit of a "suspicious" vehicle in Auckland.

The incident comes just 24 hours after seven youths, aged 13 and 14, were involved in a high-speed police chase through West Auckland in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Inspector Steve Clark, the area commander for Auckland City East Police, told Newshub a police unit patrolling the Penrose area spotted two vehicles "acting suspiciously" near the intersection of Great South Rd and Station Rd, shortly before 1am on Wednesday.

"Upon seeing the police unit one of the vehicles, a Subaru Legacy, has driven off at speed. This vehicle was not pursued by police," Insp Clark said.

The Police Air Support Unit - the 'Eagle' helicopter - was deployed to the area and located the vehicle shortly after, which was continuing to "drive erratically". 

"Eagle has continued to monitor the vehicle being driven towards the Mt Albert area. Shortly after the vehicle was successfully spiked," he added.

The vehicle was eventually abandoned near a local motel on Carrington Rd, where the three occupants fled on foot.

All three teenagers were apprehended shortly after and will be referred to Youth Aid, Insp Clark said.

On Tuesday, several teenagers were charged following the high-speed chase in west Auckland.

The car, which was being driven on its rims, drove erratically along the motorway before speeding on the wrong side of Te Atatu Rd towards Henderson.

The 14-year-old driver was charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and reckless driving. 

Two of the passengers, also aged 14, have been charged with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. They are expected to appear in the Waitakere Youth Court.

The other passengers will be referred to Youth Aid.