A teenager who sparked a 12km high-speed police chase and rammed a police vehicle had been involved in another pursuit a month earlier, Invercargill District Court was told.
Stephen Terrence Ruke, 18, admitted several driving charges, when he appeared before Judge John Macdonald yesterday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Ruke was driving a vehicle on August 29 when a police vehicle activated its red and blue flashing lights and siren but he made no attempt to stop. He accelerated up to speeds of 80kmh in a 50kmh area before abandoning the vehicle and running off, she said.
He was found the following day but denied the offending, she said.
On September 8, Ruke entered a house and took a television and laptop but later argued with his aunt about the items he had taken and punched the wall before leaving in a motor vehicle, she said.
He reversed out of the driveway and sped away, police followed for a short distance before activating the flashing lights lights. He stopped and waited for the officer to approach the door before speeding off and driving at speeds of more than 140kmh, making no attempt to stop, she said.
Police were forced to abandon the pursuit but he was later spotted again, Ms Harvey said.
Police vehicles were positioned to intercept him but he accelerated away and drove over a traffic island to avoid them. He was followed for another 3km and, while travelling at speed, he hit the front drivers side of a police vehicle while two officers were in it waiting to deploy road spikes, she said.
He was arrested after a 12km pursuit and later admitted two charges each of driving recklessly, driving while forbidden and failing to stop for a police car. He also admitted failing to stop for a police car while exceeding the speed limit, unlawfully taking a vehicle, interfering with a police vehicle with reckless disregard for the safety of two constables, burglary, intentionally damaging a wall and failing to answer district court bail.
Ruke's lawyer, John Fraser, applied for bail but it was declined by Judge Macdonald. Ruke was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on October 9.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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