A stolen vehicle was seen by Police in Hamilton around 1pm today 10 April 2018, where the driver refused to stop for Police.
This led to a lengthy pursuit along River Road in Hamilton and north on State Highway 1.
Police at one point called off the pursuit when they vehicle drove through roadworks near Mercer, due to the heightened risk to the public.
The fleeing driver has performed several U-turns on the Waikato Expressway, eventually getting back into the northbound lane where Police have re-commenced a pursuit.
Police deployed road spikes on a number of occasions, eventually puncturing all the vehicles tyres.
The pursuit came to an end in Pukekohe township when the driver was unable to maintain control of his vehicle with four damaged tyres, coming to a stop after a low-speed crash.
Two youth offenders were taken into custody, and were being spoken to by Police in Hamilton.
There were no injuries to anyone in the vehicle or to any members of the public.
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