Mother leapt clear of vehicle

As an unemployed Waitarere Beach man fled the scene of his latest crime, he drove along a footpath, forcing a mother pushing her two young children in a pram to jump clear.

On November 2, Darryl Brent Hullen, 45, was so keen to get away from The Plaza he drove out of the car park by mounting the footpath to miss the barrier arms.

"He then continued to drive along the footpath where a member of the public was pushing a pram with her two young children in it," prosecutor Mike Toon told Palmerston North District Court yesterday.

The woman had to take "evasive action".

At The Plaza, Hullen had taken deodorant and underwear from Farmers.

Earlier in the day he drove off from Foxton's Mobil station without paying for $80 worth of petrol.

Four days later police spotted him driving in Waitarere Beach Rd.

They turned on their sirens and chased him, but Hullen did not stop.

He reached speeds of 145kmh and while driving through Waitarere Beach mounted a roundabout and continued at speed before the chase was abandoned, Mr Toon said.

Hullen entered guilty pleas to two charges of dangerous driving, and one each of failing to stop for police, shoplifting and theft.

Defence lawyer Mark Alderdice wondered if it were possible for Hullen to see his wife while he was in the court cells - prison release conditions prohibit the pair from being in contact.

Judge Gregory Ross said he did not have the power to allow that request without a formal application.

Hullen, who did not enter pleas on two charges of breaching release conditions, was remanded in custody until sentencing next month.

Manawatu Standard