Man bailed after high-speed chase

Last updated 16:00 08/01/2014

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A 20-year-old man took police on a high-speed chase last week after doing donuts on a Rarangi road.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single told the Blenheim District Court yesterday that Josiah Peter David Te Kanawa reached an estimated speed of 200kmh during the chase early Saturday morning.

Police observed Te Kanawa doing donuts, undergoing a sustained loss of traction, at the intersection of Flaxmill and Neal roads in Rarangi about 1.30am.

The police patrol car followed him towards Blenheim and called for back-up as Te Kanawa sped away in excess of the speed limit.

At least three patrol vehicles were involved in the chase, which took them from Rarangi through Springlands to Aerodrome Rd in Omaka.

One patrol vehicle clocked Te Kanawa, who had two passengers, doing 145kmh in a 70kmh zone on Old Renwick Rd.

Te Kanawa then turned into Colemans Rd, a 50kmh residential area, in front of the patrol car, which activated its lights and sirens.

The patrol car was not able to catch up with the fleeing vehicle, and after reaching Battys Rd, 2.55km from Colemans Rd, another patrol vehicle took over the pursuit.

Police were travelling at 168kmh on the 80kmh road, and the space between them and Te Kanawa was increasing, Mr Single said.

That was when it was estimated his speed reached 200kmh.

Eventually Te Kanawa stopped his Nissan Silvia on Aerodrome Rd, where he left the vehicle with his hands above his head.

Once the car was stopped, police discovered both rear tyres were worn and damaged, and its warrant had expired on April 9, 2008.

Te Kanawa told police he sped off because he was scared.

Judge Bruce Davidson convicted Te Kanawa on one charge of driving at a dangerous speed, one of reckless driving, one of failing to stop for police, and one of causing a vehicle to undergo a sustained loss of traction.

Te Kanawa pleaded guilty to all four charges.

He was remanded on bail to reappear for sentencing on February 10.

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- The Marlborough Express

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