24 Jul 2017

Investigation underway in police pursuit death

5:23 pm on 24 July 2017

The death of a motorcyclist following a police pursuit in South Auckland is being investigated.

A police car parked on the street.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Police said a 32-year-old man was chased for just over a minute by a police officer on a motorbike, before he crashed on Bucklands Road in Mangere and died at the scene.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority and an internal police investigation would also be carried out, Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin McNaughton said.

"We still have a number of enquiries to make into this incident but we can confirm that police attempted to stop the motorcyclist on Massey Road at approximately 7.20pm yesterday evening. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated."

"This lasted just over one minute before the motorcyclist crashed on Bucklands Road near the intersection with Royton Avenue," Mr McNaughton said.

The officer involved in the incident is being provided with welfare and supported by their colleagues, he said.

"Fleeing driver incidents were incredibly tragic for all of those involved including our staff, it is the last thing our officers go to work for."