Teen arrested after leading police on scary chase which was abondoned when he drove wrong way on Auckland motorway

A teen wanted over numerous alleged crimes in Auckland has been arrested this morning after a police pursuit which saw him allegedly drive down a motorway the wrong way. 

Police were looking for Zion Tuoro, 17, over a number of cars that were allegedly taken in the South Auckland area, reports NZ Herald.

Inspector Bruce O'Brien said at 1.30am today police were called after it was reported a person in Takanini was seen looking into vehicles. 

Once police turned up, a man got into a car that had been reported stolen. Inspector O'Brien said a police pursuit began, but was abandoned when the car travelled the wrong way down the motorway. 

"The driver of this vehicle then stopped and allegedly attempted to steal another vehicle in Karaka while Eagle (helicopter) was overhead watching," Mr O'Brien said.

The driver kept driving in the original car until  it drove over spikes in Waiuku, the driver kept going until the tyres were down to the rims in Pukekohe, about 20 kilometres away. 

"The driver has then attempted to flee on foot running through properties. He was chased by Police and caught a short while later," Mr O'Brien said.

"The 17-year-old driver who was already wanted by Police on numerous offences now faces a number of additional charges including ; unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, attempted unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and willful damage."

A 14 and 15-year-old female were referred to Youth Aid, after they were said to be in the stolen vehicle. 

According to NZ Herald Tuoro is set to appear in the Manukau District Court today.

Zion Tuoro.
Zion Tuoro. Source: 1 NEWS