Morrinsville man jailed after ramming police car
A Morrinsville man who went on the run from police after crashing a stolen vehicle into a patrol car has been jailed.
Appearing via audio-visual link in the Hamilton District Court today, Barney Terauaroha Te Hau, 35, was jailed for 22 months.
He had earlier admitted charges related to a spate of incidents on July 12 and 13 and on September 2 last year.
The charges were unlawfully being in a building in Morrinsville, possession of an offensive weapon, dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault with a car, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, theft from a car and burglary of a Matarangi house last year.
Te Hau, a patched Mongrel Mob member, was the driver of a stolen Subaru station wagon that rammed a patrol car near Thames before fleeing.
It was later found abandoned near Te Kauwhata.
He then went on the run from police for several months, before appearing in court in November.
Judge Peter Spiller was given a letter of apology, which he took into account in sentencing.
Te Hau was also ordered to pay a total of $3600 at $10 per week once he gets out of prison.
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