Teen had sore feet so stole car, then crashed

Last updated 05:00 02/02/2013

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A teenager who stole a vehicle because his feet were sore, crashed it into another vehicle the next day.

Nicholas Folster, 18, appeared before Judge Raoul Neave in the Invercargill District Court yesterday and admitted two charges of driving recklessly causing injury, stealing a vehicle and failing to stop after an accident on December 30.

He was remanded on bail to March 22 for sentence.

Prosecutor Penny Stratford said Folster stole an unlocked car while walking on Winton-Wreys Bush Highway.

He drove it to Te Anau and the next morning to Invercargill. While in Tweed St he put the car into a low gear, causing smoke to come off the tyres and the car to fishtail, she said.

The car continued fishtailing for about 1 kilometre before Folster lost control, crossed the centre line, collided with another vehicle with two people in it and continued into a fence, Ms Stratford said.

Folster ran from the scene.

Both people in the other car were taken to hospital. One suffered bruising on her stomach and chest and a sore left foot and the other suffered a sore neck and leg, she said.

When spoken to by police, Folster admitted stealing the car and said he did it because he had sore feet. He also said he ran from the scene because the passenger of the other vehicle was angry, she said.

Assault

Aidan Patrick O'Neill, 20, was sentenced to seven months' jail for assault with intent to injure and intentionally damaging a ceiling on January 19. He was also re-sentenced for breaching community detention and theft.

Barry John O'Brien, 42, was sentenced to six months' jail for common assault and two charges of assaulting a female.

James Earl Gibson, 37, was sentenced to six months' jail, ordered to pay $80 reparation and disqualified indefinitely for assault, breaching community work, two charges of theft and three charges of driving with a breath alcohol level of 704mcg, 726mcg and 761mcg. All offending happened between April 6 and December 9. The court was told Gibson, who had an addiction to alcohol, was caught drink-driving twice while on bail.

Christopher William Patterson, 38, was sentenced to 150 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and ordered to pay $700 reparation for assaulting a female and intentionally damaging a cellphone on November 11.

Firearms

Marcus John Graham, 19, farm worker, of Dunrobin, was fined $1500 for unlawfully possessing a Marlin .3030-calibre centre rifle and unlawfully possessing 33 Remington .3030-calibre centrefire ammunition cartridges at Lumsden on January 11. The court was told he had the gun and cartridges for hunting.

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Crystal Dawn Murray, 18, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within 12 months for unlawfully possessing a replica glock BB gun on December 3.

Disorderly behaviour

Eria Vernon Thompson, 34, was convicted and discharged for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence within view of a public place on January 12.

Joseph Morgan Lodge, 18, was fined $500 for behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence at Queenstown on December 29.

Theft

Brendon Robert Hunter, 20, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and ordered to pay $91.50 reparation for stealing petrol on October 18.

Tyson Gene Grennell, 24, was fined $250 and ordered to pay $50 reparation for stealing a mountainbike on December 11.

Breach

Noel Anthony Feasey, 33, was sentenced to four months' jail for breaching home detention on January 27 and resentenced for burglary, failing to answer District Court bail, threatening to damage property with intent to frighten and threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to frighten.

Andrew Raymond Robert Knight, 25, was fined $500 for breaching community work.

Driving

Dillon Stuart Smith was remanded on bail to March 28 for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 718mcg, driving while suspended and driving with a breath alcohol level of 648mcg on January 27. The court was told Smith was caught drink-driving and his licence was suspended but he was caught drink-driving again later the same day.

Junior Prince Collins, 26, was sentenced to 175 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for one year and one day for driving while disqualified on January 11.

Duncan William Davis, 27, was remanded on bail to March 22 for sentence for two charges of driving while disqualified, stealing $50 worth of petrol and breaching release conditions.

Cody Evans, 18, was fined $750 and disqualified for six months for driving with a sustained loss of traction and with a breath alcohol level of 302mcg on January 26.

Edward Matenga, 43, was sentenced to six months' jail and disqualified for one year and one day for driving while disqualified on September 29.

Krystal-Lee Hamlin, 20, dairy worker, of Orepuki, was fined $1150, sentenced to 12 months' supervision and disqualified for eight months for driving while disqualified and with a blood alcohol level of 110mg at Orepuki on August 1. She was convicted and discharged for driving carelessly on the same occasion.

Jason Edward Wiremu Birch-Morunga, 24, was fined $250 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified at Gropers Bush on January 27.

Drink-driving

Amy Louise Wright was fined $1250 and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 857mcg on October 25.

Raymond Wayne Boot, 458mcg. Sentenced to 100 hours' community work, disqualified for nine months' and ordered to apply for a zero-alcohol licence for three years.

Trevor John Christie, 62, 974mcg on January 28. Fined $980 and disqualified for six months.

Amit Kumar was fined $700 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 123mg on December 25.

- The Southland Times

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