Mobster pleads guilty after pursuit

Last updated 05:00 31/05/2012
Dion Lange
JEERING: Mongrel Mob member Dion Lange taunted police while on the run by posting Facebook pictures of himself holding firearms, and writing "catch me if you can''.

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A Mongrel Mob member on the run taunted police by posting Facebook pictures of himself holding firearms, and writing "catch me if you can".

Dion Lange, 42, of Napier, eluded police for more than three weeks after a high-speed police chase ended with him ramming a police car and fleeing the scene.

Appearing in Napier District Court yesterday, Lange held his tattooed face high as he gave the Mongrel Mob salute.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop for red and blue lights, reckless driving, intentional damage, assault with a weapon and driving while suspended.

The pursuit began at 4pm on April 29 when police spotted a Ford Falcon doing a U-turn and speeding off down Wellesley Rd, Napier.

Lange ignored his pursuers' lights and sirens, speeding through a highly populated area at 100kmh. A second police car joined the chase and both had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with Lange's car.

Police blocked his car when he came to an abrupt halt in Hillary Crescent. He then rammed his car into the driver's door of a patrol car as Constable Jaryd Warren tried to get out. Mr Warren jumped back into the car as it was shunted forward.

Lange fled down an alleyway and disappeared into a home. A police search failed to find him. A woman in his car with him was arrested on outstanding charges.

Lange actively eluded police and posted pictures of himself holding firearms, and writing "catch me if you can".

After an extensive hunt involving the armed offenders squad, Lange was eventually found on Friday, hiding in the garage in Maraenui.

He told police it was lucky he had not "done anything stupid" because he had stopped taking his medication.

Judge Tony Adeane asked for a full report into Lange's offending, stating that there was an issue of public safety.

Lange was remanded in custody until July for sentencing.

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