Man sentenced after second escape from police

Last updated 05:00 16/01/2013

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A man who once did a runner from a police cell has again tried to outrun the law.

Angus Flame Dodunski, 22, sprinted away from two officers trying to arrest him for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend at a river in Waipukurau on Boxing Day.

An officer caught the fleeing Dodunski, who got just 300 metres down the road. He was forced into a patrol car but continued abusing police, spitting and kicking at the officers. He also smashed the rear air vent with his feet.

It was the second time Dodunski has tried to elude police. In 2009 he was just 20 minutes into a nine-month prison sentence when he escaped from the Waipukurau District Court.

While awaiting transportation to Hawke's Bay Prison, Dodunski was given a leg-up by a fellow prisoner, allowing him to scale a wall and climb through a barbed-wire part of the roof.

It was seven days before police found him at a relative's house in Central Hawke's Bay.

In Hastings District Court yesterday, Dodunski pleaded guilty to escaping police custody, resisting and assaulting two police officers, assaulting a female, wilful damage and breaching a protection order. He also pleaded guilty to earlier charges of assaulting his girlfriend, assaulting his former partner's father and breaching a supervision sentence.

Judge Claire Ryan sentenced him to nine months and three weeks in prison.

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- The Dominion Post

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