Police abandon chase

After an “explosive argument” with his employer, a Palmerston North farm worker loaded his belongings into his car and drove off.

But he was a disqualified driver and when police spotted Jordan Thomas William Brock, 21, speeding at 64kmh in a 50kmh zone on Manchester St, they tried to pull him over.

Brock wouldn't stop and police abandoned the chase as it was 3.20pm on May 22, and there were too many cars and schoolchildren about.

While there is some dispute about how fast Brock was driving, police estimated he hit speeds of 90 to 100kmh.

When they found the car, without Brock in it, they discovered a rifle in the back seat.

But as defence lawyer Tony Thackery told Palmerston North District Court yesterday, the gun, although he wasn't licensed to carry it, was a “tool of the trade” for Brock's farm work.

“He tells me there wouldn't be a farm manager in the land who wouldn't have a firearm,” Mr Thackery said.

“Brock says he is no farm hand.

"He was an assistant manager,” Mr Thackery said.

On May 22 he had an “explosive argument” with his employer about his attempts to do community work, resulting from a court imposed sentence last year.

Mr Thackery said it was impossible for his client to do the work, as he worked 12 days on, two off.

After this, while working in Patea, Brock was again arrested for not doing his community work and his employer there sacked him.

He told probation officers he was a "mean driver" but later said he just meant he could drive many different types of vehicle.

Judge Barbara Morris gave Brock the benefit of the doubt about that.

On charges of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police, breaching community work and possessing a firearm without a licence, Brock was sentenced to five months' community detention.

Manawatu Standard