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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Northgate in New Plymouth has been reopened following a serious crash overnight.

Police would like to thank motorists for their patience while the Serious Crash Unit attended the scene.

Prior to the crash, Police had signalled for a vehicle to stop.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and drove off at speed.

Police activated lights and sirens to engage, but immediately self-abandoned due to the manner of driving.

The unit lost sight of the vehicle on Devon Road heading towards Mangorei Road.

A short time later, Police came across the vehicle crashed into a concrete wall on Northgate, approximately 1.5 kilometres from where the vehicle was last sighted by staff.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition.

Two other people are believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash, but left the scene on foot prior to Police arrival.

Police are continuing to make enquiries into the identification and location of the other two people believed to be involved.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw a grey 2006 Holden Commodore saloon overnight in the Taranaki area.

Police would also like to hear from anyone who was in the area in the time leading up to the crash and may have witnessed something which could assist Police with enquiries.

Anyone with information is urged to contact 105 quoting event number P047863787, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Issued by Police Media Centre