Drunk choked police dog

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 02/06/2014

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A Hamilton man attempted to choke a police dog following a drunken rampage.

Ted Riini pleaded guilty to four charges of intentional damage when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Friday. He also admitted assaulting a female, injuring with intent, resisting police and injuring a police dog.

The most serious incident occurred on January 4 when a drunken Riini was seen running on the footpath of Peachgrove Rd about 10pm before he tripped and fell.

A motorist pulled over to check Riini was OK and then Riini forced his way into the car. The driver eventually drove into a service station where Riini punched him twice before running off.

Thirty minutes later, Riini smashed a window at a Pinfold Ave house and then one at a Te Aroha St house. He was spotted by police and the police dog was set to work. Riini squeezed the dog with his arm across the dog's neck, causing the dog to yelp loudly.

Riini's lawyer, Len Caley, said alcohol was at the root of all of Riini's offending.

Riini also admitted smashing a glass pane of a bus shelter on July 20 last year and assaulting his partner on September 14. He will be sentenced in July.

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