Duo in allegedly stolen cars spiked twice before vehicle catches alight

By 1news.co.nz and is republished with permission

Two people have been arrested after fleeing police and travelling across Auckland in allegedly stolen cars early this morning, their actions only coming to a halt when one of the vehicles caught on fire.

At around 5.20am, police were alerted to a car allegedly being stolen from Francis Street, Hauraki, on Auckland’s North Shore.

The police Eagle helicopter spotted the car in the Birkenhead Village shops, where it fled police after being signalled to stop.

The car was spiked as it got onto the motorway, but kept heading south through the city all the way to Botany, where the pair dumped the car and stole another one.

Police said the duo then drove across South Auckland towards the airport, along State Highway 20 through the Waterview Tunnel and towards the city.

They then looped back onto the Southern Motorway, heading back to Ōtara where police spiked it again.

The driver continued to flee police and as it approached the Princes Street offramp in Ōtāhuhu, the car caught fire and the occupants surrendered to police.

Both people have been arrested and police inquiries are ongoing.

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