Hospital car park argument becomes car chase

Hospital car park argument becomes car chase

Ann Loveridge's car after two cars scraped along the right hand side. Photo Credit: Kasharn Rao

An argument  in Wellington Hospital car park transformed into a car chase down Riddiford Street in Newtown just after midday on Saturday.

Witnesses Nina Hutchinson, and Oliver Lovell, saw a man screaming obscenities and threats of violence at two other men, before the two got into a small green hatchback and pulled out of the car park.

Hutchinson said she saw the first man throw bottles and what looked like a vape at the other car, which ricocheted across the road, nearly hitting a pregnant bystander, before jumping into his white Holden Commodore and giving chase.

Witness Mark, 53, saw a small blue car waiting to turn right onto Emmett Street nearly collide with the green car as it scooted between vehicles, followed by the white car, which forced its way through traffic at the lights, damaging 11 vehicles. 

Mark called emergency services at 12:51pm, and police arrived around 1:20pm.

The driver of the blue car, Ann Loveridge, and her passenger Melva, were heading north towards St Anne’s School to get fruit and vegetables from the Saturday market when they encountered the chase.

Loveridge said she thought the car was going to hit them straight on, but it squeezed between her and another vehicle, scraping the entire right-hand side of her car. She said  she was “a bit shaken, but nobody was hurt, so just count our blessings.”

While they waited for police, the two went to the market before heading home for “a nice cup of tea”.

Police are still conducting inquiries.

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