A Uruguay man fled from Queenstown police because he was "nervous" and thought he would have to pay a bribe.
Gorga Pablo Martin Figueroa, 35, was sentenced in the Invercargill District Court this week for incidents that put him in the centre of a manhunt in Queenstown on July 27 and 28.
Figueroa appeared before Judge David Holderness for reckless driving, failing to stop, failing to stop to ascertain injury, theft and unlawfully being in a yard.
He was sentenced to a total of 185 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 15 months, ordered to pay $2852 reparation to New Zealand Police and complete a safety driving course.
The court was told Figueroa was remorseful and embarrassed by his actions, and "back home" there was an expectation that people had to bribe police.
When he saw the flashing police lights behind him, he panicked, the court was told.
Judge Holderness said the aggravating feature of Figueroa's actions was that he put other motorists at risk on a road that required careful driving.
A member of the public initially reported concerns about Figueroa's driving, and a police officer attempted to pull him over.
Figueroa initially pulled into a car park but he then did a U-turn and drove away.
He led police on an erratic drive as he accelerated in restricted zones and at one point reached 140kmh in a 80kmh zone near the Coronet skifield entrance.
He started to fishtail as he tried to overtake another vehicle, which he clipped.
The court was told he failed to stop to see whether the man and his two daughters in the car were injured.
Figueroa's car hit a kerb and he fled into farmland. The owner of the land was nearby and tried to stop him leaving the scene of the crash but Figueroa ran off into the mountains.
A helicoptor with a pilot using night-vision goggles were used to try to find him that night.
The next day, members of the public saw Figueroa looking into cars and rubbish bins at Arthurs Pt and called police. He then ran off into the yard of Shotover Jet, where staff chased him out.
David Wilson, 54, remanded to November 22 for sentence for assaulting a female on September 18.
Kyle James Craig, 25, was remanded to November 22 for disorderly behaviour, reckless disregard to others, resisting arrest and three charges of assaulting a police officer on September 25.
Craig was involved in a dispute at the BP Highway in Tay St, after he poured petrol into the car he was a passenger in, without the owner realising it. A dispute escalated on the forecourt and police were called.
Melissa Phebe Hughes, 25, four months' community detention, nine months' supervision and ordered to undertake an alcohol treatment programme for aggravated assault of a police officer on July 14.
Bevan Ian Mcdowall, 21, remanded to November 19 for sentence for three breaches of a protection order on September 14 and 17.
Angel Paulette Henry, 23, of Orepuki, convicted and discharged for breach of community work on January 15.
Shane Gregory Beaton, 26, of Bluff, remanded to November 19 for sentence for breach of a protection order on September 18.
Robert Lowell Lindsay, 26, painter, convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon in six months for breach of a protection order on October 13.
Jason Trevor Brown, 43, contractor, was remanded until November 19 for sentence for taking batteries and steel valued at $2718.75 from Pypers Produce on August 3, and copper cable and steel valued at $6000 from Stuart Timber, Tapanui, on September 19, and burglary of AB Lime, in Winton, between January 1 and September 18, Ballance Agri Nutrients between February 1 and April 26, and McGregor's Concrete, Winton, on September 10. The court was told Brown had worked at all the businesses before stealing from them.
Luana Rangiora Hughes, 37, convicted and ordered to come up for sentence if called upon in nine months for theft of a laptop valued at $799 property of Mr Rentals Ltd between August 1 and 2.
Renae Anita Schultz, 30, sentenced to 80 hours' community work and ordered to pay $500 reparation for for theft of a playstation 2 console on May 10 and theft of $300 cash on September 2.
Raynor Ranui Larsen, 27, fisherman, of Riverton, sentenced to 10 months' supervision and ordered to undertake a stopping violence and alcohol abuse programme for threatening on September 24. For trespass, also on September 24, he was convicted and discharged.
Ethan Keiran Fischer, 21, sentenced to 75 hours' community work, nine months' supervision, ordered to undertake an anger management and alcohol abuse programmes and a protection order was made for threatening to do grevious bodily harm on October 7.
Matthew John Rainbow, 30, fined $850 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended on August 23.
Jarn Nicholas Hayes, 33, remanded to November 19 for sentence for excess breath alcohol level of 968mcg and driving while licence was revoked on october 10.
Kylie Margaret Ropiha, 23, 852mcg on October 13, fined $850, disqualified from driving for nine months.
Lindsay Robert Nicol, 52, cable layer, 211mg on September 7, fined $900, disqualified for six months.
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