'Dreadful' driver jailed

A Hawera man's ''dreadful driving behaviour'' during a police pursuit has landed him behind bars, despite pleas from his lawyer to keep him in the community.

Yesterday, Christopher Mark Lyne, 27, shift worker, appeared for sentencing in the Hawera District Court on charges of driving dangerously, drink driving and failing to stop for blue and red flashing lights.

The charges stemmed from an incident on December 21 last year.

According to the police summary of facts, Lyne had been driving along Railway Ave in Hawera when he was spotted by police about 10.15pm.

After noticing some suspicious behaviour, they activated their blue and red lights.

Lyne then sped up, driving at speeds of up to 90km in a 50km zone along Turuturu and Waihi roads.

He then drove through a stop sign and onto Glover Rd where he reached speeds of up to 170km before pulling over. 

The police pursuit of the defendant lasted about 4km.

When apprehended by police he was breath tested and returned a result of 556mcgs.

Lyne's lawyer Kelly Marriner said her client was employed and had shown insight into his offending.

She said Lyne's rehabilitation along with the need to hold him accountable for the offending could be met through a sentence of home detention, which would also enable him to keep his job.

Judge Allan Roberts, however, was not convinced.

''Your time has run well and truly.''

He said Lyne's previous driving offences, which included a conviction for failing to stop and for reckless driving causing injury, were factors in his decision to send Lyne to prison.

Judge Roberts said past sentences served by Lyne had not deterred him from re-offending.

''The safety of others went out the window,'' Judge Roberts said.

Lyne was sentenced to three months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Judge Roberts informed Lyne he would need to apply for a zero alcohol licence at the end of his disqualification, which lasts for a period of three years.

Taranaki Daily News