New Zealand’s Central Police District is warning drivers of the consequences when they choose to flee from police.

The safety message comes after an incident in which a police unit signalled to a stolen vehicle to stop. After failing to stop, the police followed the car and deployed road spikes. Despite slowing considerably, the vehicle crashed into a truck at low speed.

Manawatu Area Commander, Inspector Sarah Stewart, issued a warning that people who choose to flee from police are putting themselves, other members of the public and police at risk of serious injury or death.

She said: “Travelling at high speeds gives them and other road users little time to react.

“Drivers who are considering fleeing from police really need to think about their actions and think hard before they put themselves, their friends and innocent people in jeopardy.

“Furthermore, drivers who flee will be held to account and put before the courts.”