Police chase ends in flames after man allegedly attempts to drive into officers

An early morning police chase in Auckland ended in flames after a 36-year-old man allegedly attempted to drive into officers who had to "take evasive action to avoid being hit".  

At about 12:25am police were called to a commercial address on Hazards Rd, Weymouth, after a man was acting suspiciously outside.   

A police spokesperson said officers approached the man on foot at which point the man got inside a vehicle and drove towards the officers, who police say, "had to take evasive action to avoid being hit".   

The ordeal started to ramp up when a police chase ensued on Weymouth Rd and the vehicle was spiked twice as it drove through Manurewa.    

"Police were able to box-in the vehicle on Wiri Station Rd, bringing it to a stop, but the vehicle has then caught fire due to the damage it sustained," said the spokesperson.    

Police say the 36-year-old man then exited the vehicle and resisted arrest.   

"Police needed the help of a dog unit to take him into custody."   

The man was transported to Middlemore Hospital with a minor injury and was charged with multiple assault and driving offences.   

The 36-year-old man will appear in court on Wednesday.