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Police updates – Auckland reckless driver, Mangere Bridge incident, Te Kuiti fatal crash

Police news for 27 May 2024

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 27 May 2024.

Reckless rental: Man charged after driving at excessive speed

A man who allegedly drove a rental car dangerously through parts of Auckland and clipped another vehicle, has been arrested.

At 7.12pm, a Road Policing Officer clocked a Nissan Qashqai travelling at an excessive speed along the Northern Motorway from Warkworth to Auckland.

Waitematā Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Andrew Hawkins says a Road Policing unit clocked the vehicle travelling well in excess of the posted speed limit near Moir Hill Road.

“Police then gained observations on the speeding vehicle, which had been confirmed as a rental car, as it travelled south past Oteha Valley Road.

“It was signalled to stop near Greville Road, however it has failed to do so before clipping another vehicle and continuing to travel at high speed.”

Senior Sergeant Hawkins say the vehicle was then observed exiting the motorway and parking at a Hobson Street address where the driver was taken quickly into custody.

“Again, we are thankful there were no injuries to members of our community during this incident.

“This manner of driving was extremely reckless and had the potential to cause serious harm to a number of people.

“We hope this arrest brings reassurance to our community that we are continuing to hold those choosing to engage in this dangerous behaviour to account.”

A 29-year-old man was remanded in custody and will reappear in North Shore District Court on 17 June on multiple driving related charges.

Incident causing delays, Māngere Bridge

Police are in attendance at an incident in Māngere Bridge this afternoon where a person has died.

A number of emergency services are in attendance at an area on the Southwestern Motorway, near Gloucester Park.

One southbound lane is partially blocked and motorists are advised to expect some delays in the area.

A section of Gloucester Park is also sectioned off while Police respond.

The Serious Crash Unit is in attendance.

The death will be referred to the Coroner.

Name release: Fatal crash, Lawrence Street, Te Kuiti

Police are now able to release the name of the man that died following a crash on Lawrence Street, Te Kuiti on Saturday 25 May.

He was 69-year-old Leonard Iti, of Te Kuiti.

‘Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time,’ said police in a statement.

An investigation into the circumstances of the crash remains ongoing.

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