Road spikes fail to stop car in new footage of Auckland fleeing driver

Shocking footage has emerged showing a man driving the wrong-way on a motorway in north-west Auckland today.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested after what has been described by an eye witness as a "classic American movie".

The man was seen driving the wrong way, in the west-bound lane on State Highway 18, after a Police pursuit around 10am.

Police say they attempted to pull the vehicle over in Henderson, due to the manner in which it was driving.

A spokesperson says when it failed to stop, a pursuit was initiated.

"This continued through SH18, ending at 10.15am at the Upper Harbour Bridge when the man was taken into custody," they said.

A video supplied to ONE News shows a spike strip being employed by police in a failed attempt to stop the car.

An anonymous eye-witness says the first thing he noticed was a helicopter in the air, and what looked like about 15 police cars.

"It was a big operation," he said.

"He was clearly on the run for some reason."

He captured some of the incident on camera, and says he saw the grey station wagon hit a van, then the side rail, before crashing into another car.

"It looked like they were trying to spike his wheels, then I heard a big bang."

He says the vehicle was moving slow enough, that some police were even chasing the car on foot.

"I thought the man looked remarkably relaxed."

Police say the man has been charged with reckless driving, failing to stop, breaching prison release conditions, and driving while suspended.

The wrong-way driver caused delays on Upper Harbour Highway between Brigham Creek and Greenhithe Bridge.

No one was injured in the incident.

This guy was trying everything – until he eventually crashed and got nabbed by the cops. Source: Supplied

Boy movie star James Rolleston out of intensive care after serious car crash

Boy actor James Rolleston says he's very grateful for the messages of love and support from New Zealanders following his serious crash near Opotiki in July.

The 19-year-old remained intensive care for weeks following the crash but is now in a stable condition on a ward in Waikato Hospital, the region's district health board says.

"He is conscious and communicating with family and is very grateful for all the messages of love and support from fans, well wishers and his colleagues in the film industry," says the Waikato District health Board.

Rolleston played the lead in Taika Waititi's celebrated 2010 film Boy, and later starred alongside Cliff Curtis in The Dark Horse in 2014.

His family asks that their privacy be respected as Rolleston continues to recover from his accident.

Boy star James Rolleston is said to have serious injuries following a crash yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS


Teen charged over attempted Dunedin dairy robbery

A teenager male has been charged over an attempted robbery of a Dunedin dairy earlier this month.

The 15-year-old has been charged with intent to rob the dairy in Highgate on the evening of Monday August 8.

The youth has been referred to the Youth Aid Section. 

Source: 1 NEWS