Judge takes hard line on police-chase-accused
A judge has blocked bail for a 23-year-old man accused of crashing after a police chase at the weekend.
The man was said to have been injured in a crash in a car he is alleged to have unlawfully taken, while being chased by police in Parklands.
Police did not oppose release on bail for Paul Bradley Taylor, an unemployed Parklands man, when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court on five charges.
But Judge Gary MacAskill noted that Taylor was already due to make a remand appearance at the court session on February 19, on a charge of unlawfully taking a vehicle and failing to answer bail.
The judge said that with the latest offences alleged on Saturday and early Sunday, it appeared that Taylor was offending while on bail.
He noted that the charges indicated there had been a police pursuit.
"People die in these situations," he said. "I am not going to grant bail unless I am satisfied there is no issue of public safety. At the moment I certainly don't think that."
He stood the case down so that defence counsel Nick Rout could get further details to make the bail application for Taylor on charges of unlawfully taking a $12,000 truck, driving while his licence was suspended, failing to stop for a patrol car using its lights and sirens, and injuring two men by driving recklessly.
Taylor was arrested after the car collided with another vehicle in Mairehau Rd. He was taken to Christchurch Hospital with moderate injuries and, although he was able to stand in the dock at his court appearance today, Rout said he would need more medical attention.
When the case was recalled, Rout said he had spoken to Taylor and decided to make a legal aid application and defer the bail application until his assigned lawyer could appear at court.
Judge MacAskill remanded Taylor in custody, to appear on all charges on February 19.