A 44-year-old man who was Tasered after he allegedly rammed a police car twice at speed on the Takaka Hill highway plans to defend the charges.
Stuart Blair Forster was denied bail when he appeared in the Nelson District Court yesterday.
He faces charges including resisting arrest, dangerous driving, and three counts of using a car as a weapon. He has been in custody since April 21.
Forster was also charged with three counts of intentionally damaging vehicles, including a police patrol vehicle.
Police arrested Forster on the Takaka Hill highway after they were called to an incident at the south branch of the Riwaka Valley in April. He was Tasered after police said he confronted officers.
There were reports Forster had produced a knife in Riwaka Valley and threatened several people.
Forster was also charged with possessing a pipe, possessing cannabis, possessing a knife, and driving with an excess breath alcohol reading of 771 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.
This is nearly twice the legal limit of 400mcg.
Yesterday Judge Tony Zohrab denied Forster bail but said the court would consider an application for electronic bail.
He remanded Forster in custody until July 12.
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