UPDATE: Fleeing driver incident in Christchurch

As stated by Superintendent Karyn Malthus, District Commander Canterbury:

Police are following lines of enquiry to locate the occupants of a vehicle that fled from Police earlier today.

At 6.12am Police received a report that a firearm had been presented by the occupant of one vehicle to another vehicle traveling on Port Hills Road, Hillsborough.

Police responded and signalled for the vehicle to stop but it fled. Police did not initiate a pursuit and instead tracked the vehicle as it fled through the suburbs.

Police unsuccessfully deployed road spikes and called-in a local helicopter to assist as they tracked the vehicle.

The vehicle was later found abandoned on Moorhouse Avenue, Addington where the offender stole a second vehicle and fled. Observations on this second vehicle were lost soon after that.

At this time the driver is still outstanding and Police would like to hear from anyone who has information that could assist with enquiries.

Information can be provided via 105 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting event number P052705666.

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