Knowing he wasn't allowed to be driving, let alone behind the wheel of a stolen car, appears to have been the reason a teenager fled Police, speeding through eastern Hamilton early this morning.
Acting Senior Sergeant Craig Taylor said Police had received calls of a silver station wagon acting suspiciously around the Masters Ave Superette about 3.45am.
"A dog handler has responded to the calls and encountered a silver Subaru Legacy a short time later and tried to stop the driver in Fairfield however he fled, driving off at high speed and we coordinated how we could stop him through the northern Communications Centre."
The driver reached speeds of 120km/h as he sought to avoid converging Police staff, road spikes were deployed and the vehicle was bought to a stop on Marshall St.
"The 16-year-old driver confessed to officers he was not only unlicensed but forbidden to drive and knew the vehicle he was driving was stolen.
"He has been held in custody to appear in the Hamilton District Court today with a view to appear in the Youth Court later this week, he was also in breach of existing bail."