22 Feb 2010

Fatal police pursuits don't warrant policy change - minister

7:09 am on 22 February 2010

Police Minister Judith Collins says two fatal police pursuits at the weekend do not warrant an immediate change in policy.

A motorcyclist died and his female pillion passenger was seriously injured when their bike crashed during a pursuit in Picton on Saturday night.

In Murchison, a short high speed chase left one person dead and another critically injured when their vehicle crashed early on Sunday morning.

Ms Collins says she will not support a policy change that allows motorists to get away with speeding up to escape the police.

Investigations are being carried out by the Independent Police Conduct Authority.