5-month-old baby injured in car crash after police pursuit

  • Auckland

The 22-year-old driver of a vehicle involved in a crash yesterday carrying a 5-month-old baby has been released from hospital this morning.

The crash occurred after Police attempted to stop the car he was driving which was clocked on a radar device travelling at 124 kilometres per hour.

The driver of the vehicle attempted to evade police for around five minutes at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, with the knowledge that there was a 5-month-old baby in the backseat.

Police say they only became aware of the baby in the car when it rolled and they attempted to assist the two adults in the vehicle.

They say they found the baby girl lying next to the car and immediately began first aid on the child.

The male driver was arrested at the scene and taken to Auckland Hospital to be treated for moderate injuries.

The baby and her mother, who had minor injuries, were flown to Auckland Hospital. The baby is not thought to have life-threatening injuries but is currently undergoing a series of tests and is under observation.

The 22-year-old man is a forbidden driver on a number of active charges who was also breaching his bail.

He is expected to appear before the Auckland District Court this morning.