Spectacular crash driver jailed

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Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014

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A Hamilton man who crashed his car through a fence, coming to rest on top of another car, said he was angry with his partner for cheating on him while he'd been in prison.

Luke Maihi, 29, appeared in the Hamilton District Court yesterday where he was jailed for six months and disqualified from driving until the end of 2017 after admitting a series of driving charges.

Hamilton police carried out mobile patrols around Wairere Dr during the early hours of January 30 when they stopped Maihi driving a red Ford Falcon about 2.25am.

As police carried out checks on the vehicle, Maihi revved the car's engine and reversed into the police patrol car, which had two officers inside, before speeding off.

Police gave chase with Maihi reaching speeds up to 140kmh in an 80kmh zone and turned onto Hukanui Rd before going right onto Tongariro St where he reached speeds up to 120kmh.

Maihi then turned onto Bankwood Rd heading towards Clarkin Rdwhere lost control of the car as he tried to turn onto Clarkin Rd, smashing through a fence before coming to land on top of resident Paula Linn's Toyota Corolla.

After the crash, Ms Linn told the Waikato Times her car saved her life as it stopped Maihi's vehicle continuing into the house. She has since had her fence and carport repaired.

When spoken to by police, Maihi acknowledged he shouldn't have been driving after earlier being disqualified but said he was angry at his partner for cheating on him while he was in prison and not being able to see their child.

Maihi had already pleaded guilty to charges of driving while disqualified, reckless driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop and yesterday admitted an altered charge of aggravated assault.

A charge of assaulting a person with a blunt instrument was withdrawn by police.

Through his lawyer, Gerard Walsh, Maihi accepted he was going to prison after being in custody since his arrest three months ago.

Judge David Ruth told Maihi he had an abysmal record when it came to breaching conditions of release and driving offences, stating a community-based sentence was "beyond your reach at the moment".

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