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Mana Whanonga Pirihimana Motuhake

Short Police pursuit resulting in death of fleeing driver

15 October 2019

The Authority oversaw the Police investigation of a short pursuit that occurred on 14 February 2019 and resulted in the death of the fleeing driver in the Eastern District.

Police located a man at risk of self-harm in a vehicle just off State Highway 5. Upon being discovered, the male drove off and Police signalled him to stop. A pursuit was commenced when the male failed to stop. Less than a minute into the pursuit the male unexpectedly crossed the centreline and continued at speed into an oncoming truck. The male received fatal injuries. The driver of the truck escaped unharmed.

Police concluded that the officers were not at fault and no further action was necessary. The Authority agrees with this outcome.

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