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TV thrown from window in Auckland pursuit

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017

A flat screen TV was thrown out a window of a stolen car as it was being pursued, Auckland police say.

The silver Mazda MPV went on to hit three other vehicles before it was finally stopped on Monday.

Police spotted the car, which was linked to a burglary in Epsom earlier in the day, being driven dangerously in Penrose about 3.20pm.

Inspector Kerry Watson, Auckland Metropolitan commander, says officers tried to pull it over, but the driver didn't stop.

During the ensuing pursuit towards Counties Manukau, via Pakuranga, the TV was thrown on to the road.

Because of the risks, police patrols pulled out of the sight of the car, while the Eagle helicopter followed from overhead.

Insp Watson says the Eagle crew saw the car being driven at high speeds on Ti Rakau Drive and clipping a vehicle on Te Irirangi Drive.

"At one stage, it drove through a school area and came alarmingly close to pedestrians," he said.

About 3.40pm, it went over spikes laid on Cavendish Drive and came to a stop shortly after hitting two parked cars.

Insp Watson said two occupants were arrested and would face a number of charges.

He said police were "extremely disappointed these people thought it was acceptable to behave in this manner and endanger the lives of members of the public".

He said police wanted to speak to anyone who witnessed the vehicle driving across Auckland on Monday.

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