A Queenstown teenager was arrested after 40-minute car chase through Kawarau Gorge that injured a police officer.
The 17-year-old youngster was allegedly driving a Subaru at high speeds with two passengers.
A police patrol attempted to stop the vehicle in Cromwell at 7.40pm on Friday.
But the youngster allegedly failed to stop and raced to Queenstown along State Highway 6 through the gorge, before turning around and speeding back towards Cromwell.
Southern Police senior sergeant Darryl Lennane says: “The pursuit ended just outside of Cromwell after the Subaru struck the pursuing police patrol vehicle.”
A police officer received a minor injury to his hand from the airbag activation in the patrol vehicle.
Both vehicles sustained damage and the road was blocked for a short time.
The teenager has been charged with failing to stop for police and reckless driving.