High-speed chase ends in court

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A New­town woman who stole a car and led po­lice on a high-speed chase through Porirua was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing at the time.

Ani Ti­ti­huia Toki, 26, took a friend’s Toy­ota on Oc­to­ber 28 and drove it to Ti­tahi Bay with a pas­sen­ger. The vic­tim phoned po­lice, and when a po­lice car ap­proached Toki with lights flash­ing, she sped away.

Toki was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 18 months in March, her fifth dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

To get away from po­lice Toki drove on the wrong side of the road and across a raised is­land. She drove south on State High­way One at 160 kilo­me­tres an hour be­fore turn­ing north at John­sonville.

She over­took cars with­out in­di­cat­ing and weaved in her lane.

Toki sped through Pare­mata round­about at 90kmh, Mana Es­planade at 100kmh, and Pukerua Bay at 90kmh.

She was fi­nally stopped by po­lice road spikes at Paekakariki. The pur­suit lasted 42 kilo­me­tres.

De­spite ad­mit­ting to her dan­ger­ous driv­ing to po­lice when caught, she de­nied steal­ing or driv­ing the car at Porirua Dis­trict Court on Oc­to­ber 29.

She was charged with driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, tak­ing a ve­hi­cle, dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fail­ing to stop for po­lice.

Toki changed her plea to guilty when ap­pear­ing in court on Novem­ber 5.

She was re­manded in cus­tody un­til Novem­ber 29.

A psy­chi­atric re­port will be pre­pared be­fore her next ap­pear­ance.

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