27 Apr 2013

Family amazed no serious injury when car crashed into room

6:11 am on 27 April 2013

An Auckland grandfather says it's incredible his six-week-old grandson and the boy's parents escaped serious injury when a car crashed into the room they were sleeping in.

Police say officers had chased the car when it failed to stop for a patrol car but lost sight of it, before finding it crashed into the house in Mount Eden about 3am on Thursday.

Kerry Bartlett says his daughter Nina, son-in-law Rob Brown and six-week old grandson, George, were asleep when the driver crashed into their room.

Mr Bartlett says his grandson suffered only a few scratches to his head and was taken to Starship Hospital for observation and released on Thursday afternoon.

"He's fine, he's good. What do you know when you're six weeks old? He's not injured so we're all very thankful for that."

Police say the driver has been charged with dangerous driving causing injury and has been released on bail, and, as he is in New Zealand on a student visa, has had to surrender his passport.

The National Manager of Road Policing, Superintendent Carey Griffiths, says the pursuits policy is reviewed after cases involving crashes.

Mr Griffiths says the need to apprehend offenders while keeping the public safe is a difficult balance.