MP Chester Borrows charged over protester incident

Chester Borrows has been charged with careless driving causing injury.
JARED SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Chester Borrows has been charged with careless driving causing injury.

Former police officer and National MP for Whanganui Chester Borrows is being charged over allegations he drove into a group of protesters.

"Yes it's me," he said on Tuesday morning. A charge sheet at the Whanganui District Court showed a 59-year-old man, Kerry James Borrows, had been charged with careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury to two people.

The alleged incident occurred during an anti-TPP protest.

Borrows' first appearance would be on Tuesday, August 2, in the Whanganui District Court. 

"Mr Borrows intends to defend the charge and says he will be making no further comment as the matter is before the court," a statement from him said.

Under section 38 of the Land Transport Act, the maximum penalty for careless driving causing injury is three months' jail, or a fine of up to $4500.

An MP must resign from Parliament if convicted of a crime with a maximum penalty of two or more years' jail time.

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