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Four arrested for car-jacking – after woman and daughter pulled out of their car

News from NZ Police
Four people, three of them teenagers, have been arrested following a car-jacking in central New Plymouth last night.

Police were called around 8:00pm to the intersection of Rainsford and St Aubyn Streets, after a 72-year-old woman and her 48-year-old daughter had been pulled out of their vehicle, which was then stolen.

A pursuit was initiated after the vehicle was located and failed to stop near Oakura. It was pursued along Surf Highway 45 and slowed by road spikes about 40km away near Pungarehu.

The pursuit ended when the driver finally stopped at Rahotu, 16km north of Opunake.

Four police cars were damaged by the vehicle during the pursuit.

“We are continuing to provide support to the two victims, who were very shaken by what happened,” said Detective Constable Anthony Temple.

They suffered abrasions and cuts and were taken to hospital and later discharged.

The offenders – two men aged 17 and 18 and two women aged 15 and 20 – appeared in court this morning.

Investigations continue and police are asking any witnesses to call New Plymouth Police on (06) 759 5500.