THREE people are dead in Gisborne from a crash where a car hit a power pole minutes after police ended a short chase through city streets.
The deceased are two males aged 27 and 28 and one 24-year-old female. A second female aged 25 survived the crash and is in Gisborne Hospital.
The crashed white Mitsibushi car was found by police at 9.45pm last night on a bend in Nelson Road near Cameron Rd, said Senior Sergeant Maui Aben.
Minutes before the accident, police signalled the driver of the car to stop near Wipere Street.
The driver fled along Stout Street at speeds well in excess of the speed limit in the 50 km/hr speed limit area.
Police followed for just over 90 seconds losing sight of the fleeing vehicle near the roundabout at the intersection of Lytton and Nelson Roads.
Snr Sgt Aben said police stopped to speak to a man near the Nelson Road bridge and two minutes later discovered the fatal crash. They want to talk to this man to help with the investigation.
Police also want to hear from anyone who saw the White Mitsubishi car in either Wipere Rd, Stout Street or Nelson Road between 9.30pm and 9.45pm yesterday.
The deceased will not be named until police have notified next of kin.