Four men have been arrested in Northland after a “violent” home invasion in Auckland early this morning.
Sergeant Alfred Zhou said police were notified of a home invasion at a Massey address at around 12.30am.
“Three men, all carrying firearms, have entered the address and threatened a man before assaulting him. No firearms were discharged during the incident.
“The victim received minor injuries from this assault and was later attended to by ambulance staff.”
Zhou says the offenders fled the scene in a vehicle and took to the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) travelling north.
“Several police units signalled for the driver to stop, but he did not, and took off at speed.
“We decided not to pursue due to the manner of driving but tracked the vehicle north along State Highway 1 with the help of the Police Eagle helicopter,” he says.
One of the front tyres on the vehicle was spiked near Oteha Valley but the driver kept going — at dangerous speeds.
“As the vehicle passed Moir Hill, the occupants threw out several boxes, bags, and other items from the vehicle onto the Puhoi to Moir Northern Motorway, which police had closed to other motorists.
“We were able to successfully spike the remaining front tyre on the vehicle, but the driver has continued, driving on rims,” Zhou said.
At around 2.22am, the vehicle eventually came to a stop near Kaiwaka, where armed police arrested the four men.
“Thankfully no one else was injured during the incident, which played out over almost 100 kilometres.”
Police were considering charges for those arrested.