Angry 'idiot' makes high-speed journey to sister's house with cops close behind
An angry Hamilton man who sped away from the police "like an idiot" later enlisted his mother's help in barricading the doorway of a house in a bid to avoid being caught.
Dieu-Veil Nzamba Mbelo, 20, appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and resisting police.
Those charges were laid following a series of incidents that began on Knighton Rd at 10.50am on October 13, when the police pulled Mbelo over because he was speeding.
Due to previous driving offences, the speeding ticket meant Mbelo had amassed an excess of demerit points on his licence, and he was suspended from driving for three months with immediate effect.
This made him angry. He had recently experienced another suspension from driving, and he was not thrilled about losing his licence again.
When he was pulled over he had been on his way to deliver the car to his sister's house in Fairview Downs, because she needed to use it.
The police constable agreed to allow Mbelo to continue his journey to his sister's home, with a police escort.
But as Mbelo drove off, he hit the accelerator.
As he went down Old Farm Rd he sped up to 83kmh, ignoring the 50kmh limit.
Moving on to Wairere Dr, he accelerated even further to 139kmh in the 80kmh zone, weaving in and out of traffic and forcing other motorists to hit their brakes.
The following constable activated his lights and sirens, but Mbelo didn't stop.
Continuing on to Powell's Rd at speeds of 70 to 80kmh, he shortly arrived at his sister's home in Aldona Place.
The police officer attempted to apprehend him before he reached the front door, but was told to "f--- off".
Mbelo was arrested, but remained intent on getting inside the house.
"I will f---ing punch you in the face if you don't let go," he told the constable.
Mbelo called out for help, and three family members came to his aid.
The constable had also called for backup and two more officers arrived on the scene.
However Mbelo had managed to get in the front door and, with the help of his mother, was attempting to barricade it to prevent the police from entering.
Eventually the police forced the door open. Mbelo was restrained and removed from the property.
He later apologised for his dangerous driving, but told the police he believed the law in New Zealand was stupid.
Defence counsel Raewyn Sporle said Mbelo was originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but had lived in New Zealand for the last 10 years.
He had no previous convictions and was pleading guilty at the first available opportunity.
He had told her that "it was a bad day for everyone concerned.
Community magistrate Ngaire Mascelle was not thrilled with Mbelo's behaviour.
"The police summary does not make good reading," she said.
"For some inexplicable reason you chose to drive off like an idiot.
"Your attitude didn't improve when the police caught up with you."It was offending that required "an appropriate penalty and denunciation", she said.
She said Mbelo had brought his troubles on himself by amassing too many demerit points."Having a driver's licence … is a privilege, not a right."
Mbelo was sentenced to 140 hours of community work and disqualified from driving for 15 months.
"You are going to be off the road for quite some time," Mascelle said. "You need to plan accordingly."