Chase driver had 134 convictions
The 23-year-old driver of a stolen car that narrowly avoided running over three police officers is heading back to jail with 134 convictions to his name.
Dylan Brown, of Wainuiomata, was sentenced to 11 months' jail at the Lower Hutt District Court on Tuesday on charges related to a police chase on January 9.
One officer suffered a bruised leg when the open car door caught him as Brown tried to escape police near Wainuiomata Hill.
The vehicle, first stopped on suspicion of being connected to a theft in a residential street in Wainuiomata at 3am, was pursued before being slowed down by road spikes.
Officers then approached the car, with only its wheel rims left, to try to arrest Brown.
But one officer was hit and two others jumped out of the way as Brown rammed three police cars, causing more than $17,500 of damage.
Defence lawyer Kerry O'Brien told the court Brown expected a prison sentence but did not accept he had assaulted the officer.
"There were no serious injuries to any officers, so he denies the most serious offence."
Despite having clocked up 134 convictions at such a young age, Brown was of little risk to the public, as only two of the convictions related to violence against another person, Mr O'Brien said.
However, Judge Ian Mill said his driving and behaviour had put others and himself in danger.
He convicted Brown on charges of receiving a stolen item, failing to stop, driving dangerously, driving while forbidden, breach of parole, theft and aggravated assault. He was disqualified from driving for six months.
Brown was also ordered to pay reparations of $20 a week to the owner of the stolen car, and reparations of $100 at $5 a week for the theft of a purse in a separate incident in November.
The Dominion Post