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Car hits Gisborne house in police pursuit

13:55 Wed Apr 25 2012

A speeding car smashed through the wall of a Gisborne house during one of several police pursuits in the lower North Island overnight.

A police officer was chasing the vehicle after it sped past his stationary car on the wrong side of the road about 10.40pm on Tuesday night.

The car failed to take a right turn and crashed through the wall of an elderly woman's home, ending up in her lounge room.

Two of the car's three occupants suffered injuries, but the elderly woman was not injured.

The driver was charged with dangerous driving and will appear in court on Wednesday.

In another pursuit, road spikes were laid to try and stop a suspected stolen vehicle in Ashhurst, near Palmerston North, about 3am on Wednesday.

The vehicle did not stop and a second set of road spikes was laid as the car headed toward Palmerston North.

The car finally stopped at Palmerston North Hospital, where two occupants were arrested.

They will appear in court on Wednesday facing numerous charges, including theft of a vehicle, police say.

In nearby incident at Woodville, a group attempted to flee on foot after a high-speed chase saw their car roll into a police car.

The group were arrested later.