Crash accused returns to New Zealand

Last updated 13:26 07/01/2013
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IN COURT: Cody Pierce.

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A man has returned from Australia to face court after fleeing the country following a serious car crash.

Cody Marcus John Pierce, 22, was charged with driving while disqualified, drink-driving causing death, failing to stop at the accident, and failing to report an accident on Johnson Rd, West Melton in October.

Sean Christopher Frost, 43, of Christchurch, was a passenger in a car allegedly being driven by Pierce, when it hit a power pole near the intersection of Neave and Johnson roads about 9pm on October 27.

Police said Pierce was picked up by a friend soon after the crash.

Frost died in Christchurch Hospital five days later.

Pierce was believed to be on Queensland's Gold Coast and a warrant to arrest was issued in December.

Police had been in contact with Australian authorities and had considered seeking an extradition order.

However Pierce returned from the Gold Coast voluntarily late last night.

He was arrested in Christchurch before going through customs and was held in custody overnight.

In Christchurch District Court today, Judge Noel Walsh remanded Pierce on bail with strict conditions to not drink, drive, contact the dead person's family or work place, nor witnesses to the accident.

He also has to surrender his passport. Pierce was remanded to January 21.

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