Two arrested after car crash in Newmarket


Two men have been arrested after a dramatic car crash on a busy Newmarket street.

A witness told the Herald the drama began shortly after 5pm, when a blue hatchback vehicle screamed down Gilles Avenue.

“They either went up the kerb or hit something, the car became airborne and spun around when it landed.

“Two guys jumped out and split up when the car stopped.”

The two men fled on foot after the crash. Photo / Amy Wheeler
The two men fled on foot after the crash. Photo / Amy Wheeler

At least two police vehicles, including a dog unit arrived shortly after, as a police chopper circled overhead.

A police spokeswoman said they’d received reports of a vehicle, believed to be stolen, driving dangerously on the motorway to Auckland City from the North Shore around 4.40pm Tuesday.

“The vehicle was monitored by the Police Eagle Helicopter before the vehicle then lost control and crashed into a parked vehicle near Gillies Ave in Newmarket.”

Police apprehended one of the two outside Domino’s Pizza along Crowhurst St, the witness said.

The other man headed towards a local store before fleeing down Seccombes Rd, where he was arrested.

Another witness locked her car in fear while the two were on the loose, she said.

Footage of the incident obtained by the Herald shows the front of the crunched car after the accident on the busy arterial road.

Two men fled from the smashed car after the crash as police pursued.
Two men fled from the smashed car after the crash as police pursued.

The area, usually swarming with school children from the nearby Auckland Grammar School, was luckily empty at the time, she said.

“Hundreds of school kids are around here every day, it’s lucky this didn’t happen earlier.”

There were no reported injuries, police said.

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