Attribute to Senior Sergeant Graeme Fleming, Counties Manukau Police:
Counties Manukau Police are appealing for witnesses to a number of serious driving incidents across the district this morning.
After 8.40am Police received reports about a man behaving erratically in the Mt Richmond area following a reported family harm incident.
A short period later, Police began receiving reports about a blue Holden Commodore driving dangerously in the Otahuhu area on Great South Road.
Police believe the vehicle has continued to drive dangerously through Papatoetoe and Otara.
The vehicle has later been involved in a crash with a motorcycle at the intersection of Te Irirangi Drive and Dawson Road, Clover Park.
The motorcyclist has sustained moderate injuries. Meanwhile, the driver continued down Dawson Road before colliding with another vehicle.
At this point, the driver has fled from the Commodore. He has stolen another person’s vehicle and left the area.
The driver has crashed again in the Murphys Road area and proceeded to steal another vehicle.
He has continued to drive dangerously toward the Howick area before being involved in another crash at the intersection of Bleakhouse Road and Ridge Road at around 10am.
The male driver has attempted to steal another vehicle at this time.
Police staff had been actively looking for this person.
He was located and taken into custody by Police in Howick thanks to information from members of the public.
“The man was driving dangerously at excessive speeds that caused serious risk to the public and it is incredibly fortunate that nobody was seriously injured,” says Senior Sergeant Graeme Fleming.
Police would like anyone who witnessed the man’s driving or were involved in any of the incidents to contact Police on (09) 261 1321.
Jarred Williamson/NZ Police