Bailed man in second police chase

One of the men behind a high-speed car chase through Manawatu is behind bars, after he led police on another pursuit while on bail.

Simon James Woodward, 28, was awaiting sentencing for charges relating to a chase in October, in which he and Dyllan Barry Vaughan led police around Bulls, Halcombe and into Palmerston North at speeds in excess of 180kmh.

But on January 2, while he was on bail and one day after his birthday, police were called to a house in Halcombe. Police saw him get on a 900cc Ducati motorcycle, and they turned on their red and blue lights. Instead of pulling over, he took off and led police on a chase around the settlement.

Police abandoned the chase because of danger to the public, but caught up with Woodward later that evening. They searched the property and found the motorcycle, which had been stolen from Wellington in December.

Woodward said he fled police because he was disqualified from driving.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Woodward pleaded guilty to failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified and receiving stolen property.

Defence lawyer Paul Murray made an application for both bail and to transfer Woodward's case to Hamilton.

He said Woodward had been "having difficulties" at Manawatu Prison.

Judge Gregory Ross said he could not move the case for those reasons, and he also declined him bail. Woodward was remanded in custody and will appear for sentencing on all charges next month.

Vaughan is scheduled to be sentenced before the end of this month.

Manawatu Standard