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Three cows dead after police chase crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2017

Five teens have been arrested after a stolen car fatally struck three cows in Northland during a police chase.

Police say the pursuit kicked off after the car, stolen overnight, was spotted being driven dangerously while heading north on State Highway One near Kauri at 8am on Thursday.

During the chase, the fleeing car drove into three cows being moved across Hariru Road, in Ohaeawai, by a farmer.

"The police car and officers immediately abandoned the pursuit to tend to the injured animals and to help the farmer," Inspector Al Symonds said.

"Police called for the assistance of a vet to come to the scene. However, the farmer was able to euthanise them quickly and humanely."

The occupants of the fleeing car crashed a short distance down the road before trying to escape on foot.

Police say three of the teens were arrested at the scene, while a fourth was found hiding in the boot of a nearby car and another was tracked down by a dog squad.

The young men, aged 14 and 15, are expected to appear in Kaikohe Youth Court on Friday.

"Police are providing support to the farmer and will seek reparation on his behalf for the loss of his stock," Insp Symonds said.

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