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Two teenagers arrested in Southland after allegedly leading police on multiple chases in stolen vehicles

Two teenagers have been arrested in Southland this afternoon following a series of car thefts and petrol drive offs between Christchurch and Invercargill.

Police say the two alleged offenders are believed to have stolen a vehicle in Wigram, Christchurch on February 14.

They have then allegedly been involved in a number of petrol drive offs on their travels to Invercargill.

Police attempted to stop the vehicle in Invercargill shortly after 8pm however the driver failed to stop and while police followed for a short time this was quickly abandoned due to the erratic driving of the fleeing driver.

The vehicle the two offenders were fleeing in was recovered a short time later however the offenders had fled on foot.

Polics say that around 1.30pm this afternoon a stolen vehicle was spotted by them travelling north near Mataura.

Police believed the two people in the vehicle were the same men that had fled the previous night.

They again followed the vehicle for a time before abandoning due to the nature of the driving.

After being located by police near Winton the driver has fled once again.

The fleeing vehicle was seen again, this time in the Wallacetown area, police followed the vehicle again and despite trying to get away, the vehicle was stopped trying to leave Riverton.

The two men, one aged 17 and the other 18, have been arrested and will be appearing in Invercargill District Court on Monday facing a number of theft and driving charges.

Source: 1 NEWS