Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Reports on fatal pursuits in Auckland and Whanganui

MEDIA STATEMENT

Thursday 27 March 2014

Authority releases reports on fatal pursuits in Auckland and Whanganui

The Independent Police Conduct Authority today released two separate reports on Police pursuits which ended in the death of five young people in Auckland and Whanganui last year.

Independent Police Conduct Authority Chair, Judge Sir David Carruthers, said in both cases the Authority found that Police complied with the law and Police policy.

“Both incidents were caused by the actions of the drivers and subsequently ended in tragedy,” Sir David said.

The Auckland incident resulted in the death of 19-year-old Dominic Stehlin and his three passengers following a Police pursuit in Mangere on 11 May 2013.

Mr Stehlin, an unlicensed driver who had been forbidden to drive by Police in February 2013 and had been issued with a traffic offence notice in March 2013 for failing to comply with a prohibition order, was signalled by Police to stop after speeding along Great South Road in Papatoetoe and travelling through a red light.

Mr Stehlin continued to flee Police and on State Highway 20 he momentarily lost control of his car, striking the left-hand barrier before regaining control and continuing along the State Highway at speeds of 160km-per-hour. At this point Police decided to abandon the pursuit in accordance with Police policy.

Following the pursuit abandonment Mr Stehlin continued driving along State Highway 20 at speeds well in excess of the speed limit. Just after midnight, two other Police officers were travelling ahead of Mr Stehlin in a marked patrol car and saw him approaching. He overtook their patrol car at an off-ramp and sped along Massey Road. The two officers immediately followed Mr Stehlin signalling him to stop. About 30 seconds later the officers abandoned the pursuit when Mr Stehlin showed no sign of stopping.

Just before Mr Stehlin reached Prangley Avenue, about 500 metres from where the pursuit was abandoned, he entered a right-hand bend and lost control of his car. The car’s left wheel hit the kerb causing the car to travel sideways onto the opposite side of the road where it hit an unoccupied, parked Toyota Hilux.

Mr Stehlin and one of his passengers, Uesetini Akulu To’o To’o, were killed instantly while the other two passengers, George Lomia and Viane Gaga died later in hospital.

“This was a tragic accident caused by the actions of Mr Stehlin, who was driving dangerously and in excess of the blood alcohol limit for a person of his age. These actions resulted in the loss of life of four young people,” Sir David said.

The Authority found that Police complied with the law and Police policy in commencing the pursuits and with regards to communication, manner of driving, on-going risk assessment and abandonment of the pursuits.

The Whanganui incident resulted in the death of Ayla Nelson-Boyd following a Police pursuit in November 2013.

Around 4:30pm on 16 November 2013 Ms Nelson-Boyd, a learner driver, failed a Police alcohol test at a checkpoint on Cross Street, Whanganui. On failing the test Police took Ms Nelson-Boyd’s car keys and forbade her from driving over the following 12 hours. She was then picked up from the checkpoint by her grandfather.

Later that evening Ms Nelson-Boyd obtained a spare set of keys to her car and drove six friends to a party in Bulls. After driving back to Whanganui from the party, two Police officers saw Ms Nelson-Boyd’s car coming towards them and thought the vehicle looked overloaded in the back due to the angle of its headlights. The officers activated their patrol car’s warning lights to signal the driver to stop but rather than doing so, Ms Nelson-Boyd accelerated away from Police. The officers continued to pursue Ms Nelson-Boyd and her six passengers along the Whanganui streets covering a distance of approximately 3.7km. When the officers turned into Swiss Avenue they saw that the car had collided with a tree.

The officers immediately notified the Police dispatcher of the collision and requested an ambulance to attend the scene. The officers then provided assistance to the occupants of the car.

“This was a pursuit which lasted just over two minutes in a residential, well-lit area of Whanganui. Police complied with the law and Police policy in commencing the pursuit and regularly assessed the level of risk throughout the pursuit,” Sir David said.

“While in these instances the Authority has not found any breaches of Police policy, the Authority is continuing its discussions with Police about a review of policies connected with the pursuit of fleeing drivers,” Sir David said.

A copy of the Authority’s summary reports are attached.

27_March_2014_IPCA_Summary_Report__Fatal_Pursuit_of_Ayla_NelsonBoyd.pdf
27_March_2014__IPCA_Summary_Report__Deaths_of_four_men_following_Police_pursuit_in_Mangere.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news