Six youths have been arrested overnight after police spotted the young drivers joyriding in Auckland’s Counties Manukau.
Relieving Counties Manukau East area prevention manager, Acting Inspector Anson Lin, said two vehicles were sighted by police around 4am this morning.
“The vehicles were seen travelling in convoy on Ronwood Rd in Manukau, heading towards Wiri.
“The Joint Traffic Operating Centre directed officers to where the vehicles were driving in Wiri, where they signalled for the drivers to stop,” he said.
The youths abandoned the vehicles on Laurelia Place and fled on foot towards Felicia Place, jumping fences.
“The Police Eagle helicopter was able to direct police staff to where the offenders were hiding nearby and they were detained without further incident,” Lin said.
Both vehicles were recovered and returned to their owners.
The six offenders were aged between 12 and 15. One individual was charged with unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and the remaining five were referred to Youth Aid.