21 Jan 2017

Passenger injured after driver flees police

1:31 pm on 21 January 2017

A passenger in a car fleeing police in Hamilton has been seriously injured after being thrown from the vehicle.

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Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Police said a car fled police just before 3.30am near Powell's road in Fairview Downs, Hamilton.

There was a short pursuit and the car crashed into another car.

A passenger in the fleeing car was thrown from the vehicle, receiving serious facial injuries.

That passenger is now in Waikato Hospital in a serious but stable condition while the person in the other car was not injured.

Following the crash, the 20-year-old driver fled again but was soon found by police nearby and will appear in the Hamilton District Court on Monday on charges related to the crash.

The passenger was being treated at Waikato Hospital.