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Police Accept IPCA Report Into Fleeing Driver Incident In Kaitaia

Northland District Commander Superintendent Tony Hill:

Police acknowledge the findings by the Independent Police Conduct Authority 
relating to a pursuit prior to a fatal crash in Kaitaia.

On 10 October 2020, officers noticed a vehicle speeding and suspecting the 
driver to be intoxicated, they attempted to stop the car.

The driver failed to stop for Police and a pursuit was initiated lasting 
around 2 minutes 44 seconds. Due to the high speeds the offending vehicle was 
driving, the pursuit was abandoned. However, just moments later the offending 
vehicle crashed into a power pole. Sadly, one of the passengers was killed in 
the crash and three other passengers and the driver were injured.

The offender pled guilty to one charge of causing death while driving with 
excess blood alcohol, failing to stop for Police and three charges of causing 
injury while driving with excess blood alcohol. He was sentenced to 11 months 
home detention and disqualified from driving for three years.

Northland District Commander Superintendent Tony Hill accepts the findings by 
the IPCA that the pursuit prior to the crash was not justified:

“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our sympathies to the 
family of the victim who was killed in the crash. This is a worst-case 
outcome in a situation like this and our thoughts continue to be with them.

“The intention of the staff involved was to prevent further harm on our 
roads by stopping a driver we now know was intoxicated however on this 
occasion we accept that they should not have pursued the vehicle and instead 
made follow up enquiries in relation to the fleeing driver,” says Supt. 
Hill.

“We also note that subsequent to this crash there has been a revision to 
Police’s fleeing driver policy following the Fleeing Driver Review 
involving Police and the IPCA.

“An employment investigation was carried out and the outcome of this are 
confidential, but I can say both officers remain working for the New Zealand 
Police.”
 

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