Crash accused returns to New Zealand

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

Relevant offers

Crime

Mass shooting in New Zealand 'inevitable' without action on gun laws, MPs warned Convicted conman Simon Bom on the run in Christchurch Taika Waititi urges New Zealanders to do more about child poverty Youth charged over attempted robbery at Dunedin dairy Drug-driving measures 11 years too late for crash victim's parents Award-winning schoolgirl dancer has feet run over in Upper Hutt Alleged rapist's partner says she never had chlaymdia Man in court after racking up more than $10k in taxi bills in one week Man accused of sex abuse says 'it didn't happen' Auckland dumpling restaurant owner bottled by intruder, fights back

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content