Police hunt stolen tractor

Police are searching around Orini after a pursuit ended with a car crashing in the area overnight.

At about 11pm last night police were alerted to a Nissan Skyline car seen driving dangerously in Te Aroha. A patrol found the car but it failed to stop.

The pursuit went across the Hauraki plains and ended in Orini when the car crashed into a paddock and the two occupants fled. Despite a police dog tracking in the area the offenders were not found. There was no indication the occupants were injured and the car sustained only minor damage.

In the morning a nearby farmer reporteded his John Deere tractor was stolen, around 7am. The tractor is green, it has a front-end loader attached and a fertiliser spreader on the back.

Police have had several patrols searching the wider Orini area looking for the tractor.

They suspect the occupants from the car stole the tractor and ask the public to report any sightings.

The tractor is not registered for the road and could be a hazard so police are urging drivers to be careful.

Call 07 8586200 if you see the tractor.

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