Officer assaulted after booze-fuelled chase

Last updated 10:31 31/07/2013

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A high-speed, alcohol-fuelled, police chase through the Nelson CBD ended with an officer being bitten, and punched in the face.

Nineteen-year-old Nelson student Chrissy Patricia Kelly appeared before Judge David McKegg in the Nelson District Court yesterday where she pleaded guilty to eight charges, including drink driving, aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.

Kelly, who does not have a valid licence, was driving a Subaru along Waimea Rd in the early hours of Sunday, May 26 when police attempted to pull her over to conduct a breath test, prosecutor Wayne Johnston told the court.

Trying to evade the patrol car, Kelly sped off toward Rutherford St, reaching a speed of 130kmh.

Police initially chased the Subaru onto Rutherford St but abandoned the pursuit after Kelly was clocked speeding at 160kmh through the intersections at Hardy St and Bridge St.

Johnston said those intersections, close to a McDonalds and a petrol station, were popular with pedestrians early on Sunday mornings, which did not seem to deter Kelly from driving at extreme speeds.

When she tried to turn onto Halifax St she lost control, skidded into a kerb, and came to a halt.

Police caught up with the crashed car and approached Kelly, but she closed the window, locked the door and refused to exit.

When an officer broke through the car's window to remove the keys from the ignition, they were punched two times in the head and had their hair pulled by Kelly.

She was verbally abusive and continued to resist arrest, biting the same officer on the arm when she was eventually arrested and placed in the back of the patrol car.

A subsequent test showed Kelly's breath contained 463mcg of alcohol per litre.

Kelly also admitted driving on Nile St two weeks before that incident with a breath alcohol level of 609mcg.

Defence lawyer Hamish Riddick requested a remand period for pre-sentence reports to be considered.

Kelly will next appear in the Nelson District Court on September 2.

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- The Nelson Mail

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