Man guilty of drunken antics

COURT REPORTER
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014

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A Waimate man who went on a short spree of vehicle thefts and challenged the police to a fight has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to a raft of charges.

In the Timaru District Court yesterday Jonathon Mark Ross, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, unlawful interference with a motor vehicle, two charges of drink-driving, careless driving, two charges of driving while disqualified, resisting arrest and breach of bail.

According to the police's summary of facts, on Thursday, December 12 last year, Ross was drinking with an associate in Waimate.

He went to a nearby truck yard and started a truck worth $140,000. He started driving east of Waimate but crashed into a culvert.

He continued driving in the damaged vehicle to a nearby farm, where he ditched the truck.

He went to a nearby farm and attempted to start another truck but was unable to.

He instead started a tractor and drove off but as he was driving south the tractor seized and he was forced to abandon it.

Police arrived and he admitted taking the two vehicles and was breath-tested. He blew 525 micrograms per litre of breath and was a disqualified driver at the time. He told police the offending would not have happened if he had not been drinking.

The next Thursday police went to his Waimate address to carry out a bail check.

One of his conditions was not to consume alcohol. However, Ross appeared to be drunk and was using the doorframe for support.

He was arrested and taken to the police station and demanded police remove his handcuffs so he could fight them. He then unsuccessfully tried to head-butt one of the arresting officers.

Judge Joanna Maze yesterday remanded Ross in custody until April 1 for sentencing.

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- The Timaru Herald

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