Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Lower Hutt fleeing driver incident

Police acknowledge IPCA findings into Lower Hutt fleeing driver incident

Police acknowledge the report from the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the speed reached by an officer during a fleeing driver incident in Lower Hutt last year.

On 14 June 2018, an officer was patrolling the Lower Hutt area when he witnessed a robbery outside a liquor store on Waiwhetu Road.

As the officer drove towards the incident, two men fled on foot.

One of the men jumped into a parked car with another occupant at the wheel.

The officer pursued the vehicle onto Cambridge Terrace, a 50kph zone, where he briefly reached speeds of 112kph.

The fleeing driver, travelling at speed, collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Awamutu Grove.

The fleeing vehicle stopped and the occupants were arrested.

The IPCA found that the officer was justified in pursuing the fleeing vehicle, and he followed Police policy throughout the incident.

The speed reached was also found to be justified in the circumstances.

Hutt Valley Area Commander Inspector James McKay accepts the IPCA's findings.

“Police have to balance protecting the public from dangerous behaviour and the potential for the offending driver to take greater risks.

“The decision whether to start, continue, or abandon pursuit is based on Police’s risk assessment tool TENR (Threat-Exposure-Necessity-Response).

"Police will abandon a pursuit if the risk is assessed as too dangerous; this is continually reassessed throughout the incident.

“The one thing we want everybody to understand is if they’re signalled to stop by Police, they should pull over and stop.

“It is not worth putting your life, your passenger’s life, or anyone else’s life at risk.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Coronavirus: On The Addiction To Chinese Student Fees, And A Possible Future For RNZ Concert

Last week, Australian PM Scott Morrison extended its ban on foreign visitors from or passing through from mainland China – including Chinese students - for a third week. New Zealand has dutifully followed suit, with our travel ban extending until next Monday at least, presumably dependent to some extent on what Morrison decides to do later this week.
Our universities are now asking for an exemption to the travel ban for their Chinese students, who would still, the universities assure us, be subjected to strict quarantine procedures upon arrival. Given how the inability of the university system to care for its own students on campus made world news last year, that promise may not do much to reduce the coronavirus fears among the wider New Zealand public. More>>


Water Woes: Wellington Reflects National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city. ... More>>


2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>


Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>


Local Government NZ: New Report A Pathfinder For Affordable Housing

A report released today by LGNZ provides a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments for New Zealanders. With demand soaring, rents ... More>>


“Can Do Better”: Sallies Election Year Report Card

This year’s State of the Nation report by The Salvation Army offers a mixed bag of outcomes, with some significant headline progress - but also an ambitious list of “can do better”. Government action is delivering limited improvements... More>>






InfoPages News Channels