The Authority recommends that Police amend the fleeing driver policy. The amendments should make clear that:
1) When a pursuit has been abandoned because of the risk posed by the fleeing driver, and is or her driving behaviour has arisen after the commencement of the Police pursuit, the pursuit should not be recommenced unless Police have good reason to believe that:
a) the risk posed by the driving behaviour will be significantly reduced during the new pursuit; or
b) a further pursuit is likely to succeed in stopping the fleeing vehicle.
When an abandoned pursuit is being recommenced, the pursuit warning cannot be relied on as authority to recommence the pursuit. Authorisation to recommence the pursuit must be given by the pursuit controller before the dispatcher provides the pursuit warning.
Read the IPCA public report Death of Calum Meyer following Police pursuit in Whanganui (PDF 573 KB)