A woman appeared in the Nelson District Court on Monday charged with driving in a dangerous manner, failing to stop when followed by red and blue lights and a charge of procure/possess methamphetamine. Photo: File.

High speed car chase across Nelson

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A high-speed car chase through Nelson in the early hours of Sunday morning lead police across 17km of the city but the woman charged with the driving offences denies that it was her behind the wheel.

Maia Allana Phoebe Samson, 25, appeared in the Nelson District Court on Monday charged with driving in a dangerous manner, failing to stop when followed by red and blue lights and a charge of procure/possess methamphetamine.

She denies that she was the driver of the vehicle and says the other occupant was in fact the driver.

However, according to police, officers allegedly saw a car driving at speed on the Richmond deviation shortly after 4am on Sunday morning.

The car made an unsafe lane change which prompted police to follow the car and a short time later police attempted to pull the vehicle over on Annesbrook Drive.

The car initially stopped on Quarantine Rd and as police approached the car on foot, it drove away.

The following pursuit was one that lasted around 18 minutes and lead police through the suburb of Stoke, Enner Glynn, Nelson Hospital grounds and Nelson City.

On one occasion police allege the car was travelling at an estimated 110 kmh in a 50 kmh zone on Waimea Road.

According to police the car crossed the centre line multiple times and drove on the wrong side of the road past a central pedestrian island on the Ridgeway.

The car was forced to stop at the intersection of Rutherford St and Bridge St, where the occupants fled on foot.

Samson entered no plea and was remanded in custody.