Fleeing police at 200kmh

Josiah Peter David Te Kanawa, 20, was disqualified from driving for a total of 15 months, and sentenced in the Blenheim District Court on Monday to 150 hours' community work and three months' community detention.

The labourer was convicted on four January 7 charges - driving at a dangerous speed, reckless driving, failing to stop for police and causing a vehicle to undergo a sustained loss of traction.

At his last appearance, the court was told how Te Kanawa was observed by police doing donuts, undergoing a sustained loss of traction, at the intersection of Flaxmill and Neal roads in Rarangi about 1.30am.

He then fled from police, taking them from Rarangi, through Springlands and to Omaka, reaching speeds of about 200kmh during the chase.

He had two passengers in the vehicle and the car's warrant had expired on April 9, 2008.

Judge Zohrab told Te Kanawa this had been a "terrible piece of driving", and he would have to reapply for his license after the disqualification.


The Marlborough Express