Police chase on motorway follows firearm threat in Kilbirnie

News from NZ Police
Police are investigating an incident involving a firearm in Kilbirnie.

After a report from a member of public shortly after 6pm last night, police searched a Kilbirnie address and the wider Wellington area looking for the offender and a woman who was with him. [The DomPost reports that the man was "wielding a gun."]

Approximately an hour after the incident, a car believed to be carrying both persons was seen near the address and subsequently followed onto the motorway by several armed units.

A short pursuit took place on the Hutt Motorway when the vehicle failed to stop for Police and ended when it was spiked after leaving the motorway and continuing on to the Western Hutt Road.

Both occupants of the vehicle were removed from the car without incident. The pursuit caused no safety issues as Police patrols had been used to prevent traffic approaching from behind and speeds are not believed to have been excessive at any stage.

The woman driver of the vehicle has been charged with driving offences and released on Police Bail.

The man has been charged with firearms and drugs charges. More charges may be pending.

The full nature of the offence, type of firearm involved, and types of items recovered are not available.


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