Driver chased cyclist, then ran over bike

Last updated 05:00 05/10/2013

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A 24-year-old motorist drove after a fleeing cyclist because she wanted to hit him, the Invercargill District Court was told yesterday.

Billy-Jo Sherborne appeared before Judge Phil Moran and admitted assault using a vehicle as a weapon, common assault and threatening to do grievous bodily harm on October 5 last year.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glen McMurdo said an altercation occurred at a Riverton pub and afterwards, while Sherborne was in her car, one of the people involved rode past on his bicycle and they began arguing.

Sherborne yelled she was going to get him and chased him with her vehicle, Mr McMurdo said.

She drove up on to the footpath after he rode behind a concrete wall and she screamed at him to come out. When he asked if she would run him over, she said she would, Mr McMurdo said.

The cyclist biked towards Sherborne's friends, who were in another car, in an attempt to reach safety but Sherborne chased him and almost collided with the other vehicle. After the man threw his bike at Sherborne's car, she drove on to the footpath and smashed through a fence to hit him but he threw his bike at the car again.

Sherborne ran over the bike, got out of the vehicle and ran towards the cyclist swinging her fists but he avoided her and grabbed her car keys, Mr McMurdo said. The man then fled the scene and contacted police.

Sherborne told police she had been trying to scare the man but not run him over. She said she had "lost it" because of comments he and his friends had made. She was remanded on bail to November 12 for sentence.

Assault

Regan Michael Howley, 30, builder, was sentenced to three months of community detention, and ordered to pay $180 reparation and $500 emotional harm reparation for assault using a bar stool as a weapon on May 11. The court was told Howley hit the owner of a bar in the head twice with a bar stool.

Jodie Anthony Frank Sapstead, 34, packer, of Awamangu, was sentenced to four months of community detention, nine months of supervision and ordered to pay $500 emotional harm reparation for assault with intent to injure at Balclutha on July 21.

Escape from custody

David Ezra Alfred Wairau, 19, was sentenced to five months in jail for escaping custody and resisting police at Winton on July 27, assault with intent to injure on January 10, intentionally damaging a fire sprinkler nozzle on February 3 and two charges of breaching community work.

Wilful trespass

Steven Douglas Thomson, 53, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within six months for willfully trespassing on October 2.

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Driving

Michael George Massie, 17, was disqualified from driving for nine months for driving while suspended and with a breath-alcohol level of 364 micrograms (under 20) on September 16.

Kane Tamati Smith, 29, was remanded on bail to November 15 for sentence for driving while disqualified and with a breath-alcohol level of 534mcg on September 27.

Drink-driving

Jodie Marie Hana Barlow, 31, was fined $650 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath-alcohol level of 751mcg on October 1.

Andrew James Mahon, 37, maintenance worker, of Makarewa, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood-alcohol level of 118 milligrams on August 21.

Abraham Quinn Kairau, 26, forest worker, of Lumsden, 102mg on August 17. Fined $400 and disqualified for six months.

- The Southland Times

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