Driver in high-speed chase fined, banned

Last updated 07:15 21/11/2012

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A Dunedin man who led Central Otago police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of more than 200kmh was sentenced in Alexandra District Court last week.

Nathan Murray Dixon, 30, heavy-machinery operator, said he had a "sudden rush of blood to the head" when he failed to stop for police after being caught riding his motorcycle at 196kmh near Becks on October 29.

After seeing police, he sped up, leading police on an 8km pursuit that ended only after Dixon stopped when another police officer parked his car on the road.

Lawyer Justine Baird said Dixon realised he made a stupid decision by not stopping.

Judge Stephen Coyle said "it was an understatement that it was stupid." Often, situations in which people failed to stop for police ended in tragedy, the judge said.

Dixon was fined $1250 and disqualified from driving for nine months for failing to stop for police and dangerous driving.

Injuring with intent
Heniata Muriwai McGee, 47, shed hand, was sentenced to three months home detention for injuring with intent and fighting in a public place on August 17. McGee struck another woman in the face with a beer bottle.

Dishonesty
Andrew Stuart Kidd, 37, builder of Queenstown, sentenced to 200 hours' community work and ordered to pay $346.52c for dishonestly using credit card details between May 16 and May 20 in Auckland. Kidd stole the credit card details at the workplace of his former employer and used them to make 10 transactions through the internet.

Burglary
Fletcher Christian Dennis, 20, sentenced to 12 months' jail and ordered to pay $640 reparation for burglary and five thefts between August 7 and September 5.

Theft
James Cliff Kahukura, 49, of Omakau, was convicted and discharged for stealing Sellotape priced at $3.99 from The Warehouse in Alexandra on Novem- ber 3.

Unlawfully in a building
Hayley Patricia Sutherland, 24, courier of Cromwell, fined $250 for being in a building without reasonable excuse on October 21.

Jamie Robert Moseley, 17, of Cromwell, was fined $200 for being on the roof of the Cromwell Youth Centre without reasonable excuse on October 3. Ms Baird said Moseley got on the roof to retrieve a hat someone had thrown on to it.

Assault
Zamion Tekoea Pewhairangi, 21, builder, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 200 hours' community work and ordered to pay a $500 emotional harm payment for assault on October 6.

Threatening to kill
Jeremy Russell Lemin, 27, of Cromwell, was remanded until December 12 for sentencing for threatening to kill on September 25. The judge ordered a pre-sentence report.

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Cannabis
James Edward Hancock, 25, roofer, sentenced to four months' community detention with a curfew between 7pm and 6.30am for possessing cannabis for supply on August 19. Hancock was pulled over by police near Alexandra and was found to have 1586 grams of low-grade cannabis in his vehicle.

Daniel William McCutcheon, 33, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work for cultivating cannabis and possessing a pipe on October 13. Police visited McCutcheon's house on an unrelated matter and found four seedling cannabis plants and the pipe.

Wilful damage
Jacob Alastair Nolan, 19, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and ordered to pay $30 reparation for wilful damage in Dunedin on November 11.

Breach
Mark Wikiriwhi Waititi, 40, was remanded in custody until December 12 for sentencing for twice breaching release conditions on July 13.

Driving
Corey Alister Andrew, 19, operator, of Clyde, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving while disqualified on October 10.

Drink-driving
Derek Peter Sparrow, 46, butcher, of Cromwell, was sentenced to 250 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 20 months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 802mcg in Christchurch on October 30.

Bradley Phillip Peterson, 35, meatworker, of Cromwell, 796mcg in Cromwell on November 3. Fined $750 and disqualified for eight months.

Jesse Daniel Jamieson, 21, of Cromwell, 627mcg in Cromwell on October 27. Fined $600 and disqualified for eight months.

Jemini Cassina Makori Webby, 36, 593mcg on October 28. Sentenced to 150 hours' community work and disqualified for 13 months.

Jarrad Michael Pryde, 18, farm hand, of Millers Flat, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 37mg, and careless driving on July 15. Pryde was driving home from function in Roxburgh when he lost control of his ute on a slight bend, crashing through a stock fence, a ditch and then hit a large tree. Pryde was seriously injured in the crash, and was in intensive care in Dunedin Hospital for three months.

- The Southland Times

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