Boyracer charged over baiting police

Last updated 12:00 25/06/2012

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A 17-year-old boyracer allegedly baited police to pursue him, before fleeing through suburban streets at more than twice the speed limit.

The Masterton driver is also accused of threatening another motorist with a golf club and stealing petrol from a service station.

Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson, of Wairarapa, said the already banned driver had been spotted by an undercover officer at Queen Elizabeth Park at 1pm on Saturday. When approached he ''did the finger'' at officers and sped off.

He quickly accelerated to over 100kmh in a 50kmh zone, forcing police to abandon their pursuit.

After filling up his Honda at a Solway service station he then allegedly left without paying, before once again ''encouraging police to purse him'', Ms Watson said.

When police followed, he again travelled at up to 100kmh through suburban streets to shake off his pursuers.

A short time later a member of the public was seen by the driver writing down the accused's registration number.

While still in his car the teenager threatened the man with a golf club and drove at the other motorist's car door, narrowly missing his car, Ms Watson said.

The accused was later spotted walking along Chapel St and arrested.

He was charged with failing to stop for police, assault with a weapon, theft, sustained loss of traction, reckless driving and escaping custody.

He is due to appear in Masterton District Court today.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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