Man dead, two seriously injured after car fails to stop for police following burglary of liquor store

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
May 26, 2023 |

A man is dead after the car he was in crashed after failing to stop for police following a burglary of a liquor store in Dunedin overnight.

Around 1:25am, police were called to the store on Hillside Road.

Attending police arrived, and located a vehicle of interest nearby and attempted to stop it. 

However, a police spokesperson said the driver refused to do so and fled the scene.

Less than a minute later, the vehicle crashed on Melbourne Street.

One of the five occupants – all in aged in their 20s – died at the scene. 

Two were taken to hospital in serious condition, and one had minor injuries.

Southern District Commander Superintendent Paul Basham said “our officers aim to keep the community safe, and a tragic outcome like this is the last thing anyone wants.”

“Incidents like this have huge impacts for everyone involved – those in the fleeing vehicle, as well as attending Police,” Superintendent Basham said.

“Our message to people is quite simple – if you are signalled to stop by Police, then stop. 

The potential outcome is so much worse if you choose to flee.”

As is standard for incidents of this nature, a criminal investigation has commenced, and this is in its early stages.

Police have also referred this matter to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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