Police pursuit in Auckland District that resulted in collision
18 July, 2019
The Authority oversaw a Police investigation into a pursuit of a fleeing driver in Auckland on 24 September 2018.
The officer commenced with a pursuit of a stolen vehicle which was also involved in a burglary. The pursuit reached a
speed of approximately 120kph on road with a 50kph speed limit. The pursuit ended when the fleeing vehicle went through
a green light, lost control and crashed into another southbound vehicle as well as two stationary vehicles. No serious
The Police conducted a District Critical Incident review of the pursuit and found that the officer did not breach the
law or Police policy.
The Authority has reviewed the information provided by Police and has concluded that the officer was not justified in
driving at such a speed, particularly since the pursuit was approaching an intersection with other traffic present on
the road. In the Authority's view, the officer's conduct potentially constituted dangerous driving.
The Authority has also criticised the Police handling of the investigation and advised Police that they should have
conducted both an employment and criminal investigation. The Police have agreed to institute improved practices and
supervision to ensure that matters referred to Police for investigation are dealt with appropriately.