Police say four people have received minor to moderate injuries following vehicle robberies and a high-speed chase in the Kapiti-Mana area this morning.
This follows an assault on a person in Porirua after which their vehicle was taken by a 25-year-old man at around 7:30am.
A second person was subsequently injured in Poplar Avenue when their vehicle was taken by the man.
A third person was injured in the Raumati Beach shopping area when their vehicle was taken by the man.
A fourth person was injured in a minor crash in Peka Peka involving the fleeing driver, prior to the third vehicle coming to a stop.
25-year-old to appear in Court
The 25-year-old man is in Police custody following the robbery of the vehicles.
The first robbery, which occurred in Champion Street in Porirua at around 7:30am and in which a person was attacked receiving injuries to the face, the man took the victim’s vehicle and travelled north on SH 1.
The man subsequently took another two vehicles in the Raumati area — one in Poplar Avenue and another in the Raumati Beach shopping area.
A pursuit was initiated by Police due to the failure to stop and concerns for public safety.
In order to bring the vehicle to a stop spikes were deployed.
The vehicle was stopped on SH 1 near Peka Peka at around 9:30am and the man arrested.
As a result of this incident, there were delays on the Kapiti Expressway.
Police advised motorists to allow extra time for their travel.
The man will appear in Porirua District Court tomorrow, 4 April.