Forbidden driver crashed in chase

Last updated 05:00 12/06/2014

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A 23-year-old Southland man led police on a pursuit after misjudging a driveway and crashing into a post, the Gore District Court has been told.

Dion James Baker appeared before Judge Christina Cook yesterday. He admitted driving dangerously and while forbidden, and failing to remain stopped for police at Riversdale on April 24.

He was sentenced to 150 hours' community work, fined $400, ordered to pay $200 reparation and disqualified for nine months.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Baker, who was seen cutting a corner, attempted to evade police by turning sharply into a driveway.

He misjudged it and collided with a post, causing it to break. He got out of the car and underwent a breath test but then ran to his car and accelerated away, she said.

As police followed him he crossed the centre line and drove in the middle of the road. The pursuit was abandoned. When spoken to he refused to speak with police, Harvey said.

Baker's lawyer Tina Williams said he was disappointed in himself and was remorseful. He accepted his actions were inappropriate.

The judge rated Baker's offending as serious.

"It was just simply lucky that no road-user was hurt or there was no crash as a result of your bad driving."

Hunted without permission

Bruce John Hamlin, 46, of Mataura, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work for hunting deer on land without the permission of the owner and convicted and discharged for possessing a Weatherby Vanguard .308 rifle without a licence at Mataura on December 9.

Dylan Andrew Hamlin, 20, was fined $1100 for hunting deer on land without the permission of the owner and possessing cannabis at Mataura on December 9.

Failed to surrender guns

Ben David Roxburgh, 19, dairy worker, of Te Tipua, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work for possessing a Tikka 243 rifle and a Stoeger shotgun after his licence was revoked, and failing to surrender the weapons within 24 hours of a protection order being served at Mataura on May 5.

Drove while suspended

Richard Tyler Hattingh, 25, farmer, of Crossans Corner, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended at Tapanui on May 21.

Jesse David Hamlin, 20, was fined $650 and disqualified for eight months for driving while disqualified on May 25.

Tania Yvonne Smith, 36, was sentenced to three months' community detention, nine months' supervision and disqualified for 13 months for driving while suspended on April 2 and with a breath alcohol level of 1053mcg on March 20.

Drink-driving charges

Shade Hemiona Jade Paul Komene Brown, 19, meat worker, of Upper Charlton, was fined $750, ordered to pay reparation and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 647mcg on May 31.

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Ryan Dean Beauchamp, 21, farmer, of Waimea, was fined $1000 for driving on May 16 with 686mcg. He was disqualified for 11 months and authorised to seek a three-year zero alcohol licence.

- The Southland Times

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