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Police abandon pursuit and still get their men

NZ Police CommCens Alert 11:00 25-07-2006 Auckland City

Location of incident: Epsom/Greenlane

Incident Type: Police abandon pursuit and still get their men

Police abandoned a pursuit and instead used the Police Eagle helicopter and ground units to surround and arrest two thieves amid heavy traffic today.

The chase began after a member of the public called 111 to report seeing one of the thieves breaking into cars in a carpark in Gillies Ave at around 11am.

The thieves took off from the scene in a vehicle which was spotted by Eagle helicopter crew who alerted units on the ground to its location.

The getaway vehicle soon became stuck in Auckland traffic, and upon realising police were on their tail the vehicle drove up onto the Gillies Ave footpath in order to escape onto Greenlane West Rd.

A police pursuit ensued but was abandoned within seconds when police established the vehicle they were pursuing was going too fast to ensure public safety.

Within minutes the driver of the getaway vehicle lost control, rear-ending another vehicle.

The Eagle helicopter continued to monitor the path of the vehicle while other units controlled intersections to keep vehicles out of harms way, enabling police to close in on the offenders.

The offenders then abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot through residential properties in Epsom. With Eagle watching overhead, ground units were directed into the path of the offenders who were in police custody within seconds.

Police Northern Communications Shift Commander Inspector Ian Brooker said the incident was a classic example of the value of Eagle in Auckland conditions.

"In city traffic conditions and with concerns for public safety paramount, Police often need to consider other options when attempting to apprehend offenders on the run, and those alternatives certainly worked for us today." Inspector Brooker said.

There were no reported injuries resulting from this incident.

Two men have been arrested and will be facing various charges.

ENDS

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