Flee­ing driver goes to jail

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

‘‘There was a chase along the Ka¯piti ex­press­way, with Rin­giao reach­ing speeds of 160kmh.’’

Twice in a month, he took the po­lice on a chase – along the Ka¯piti ex­press­way and through cen­tral Welling­ton – be­fore his driv­ing sprees were stopped.

On Tues­day, Welling­ton District Court judge Peter Hobbs jailed Breeze Dakoda Ihaia Rin­giao for a year and gave him a 15-month dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from driv­ing.

Rin­giao, 20, had stolen a car on July 24. When he was spot­ted in­ter­fer­ing with an­other car, po­lice got in­volved and there was a chase along the Ka¯piti ex­press­way, with Rin­giao reach­ing speeds of 160kmh.

A week later he was seen in the Welling­ton sub­urb of Vo­gel­town and again re­fused to stop.

The chase con­tin­ued through Ber­ham­pore and Newtown be­fore fi­nally com­ing to a stop out­side the Cen­tral Po­lice sta­tion in Welling­ton’s CBD where Rin­giao gave him­self up af­ter his tyres were spiked. The judge de­scribed it as a spree of of­fend­ing. When Rin­giao was searched, pipes for smok­ing metham­phetamine were found along with a small quan­tity of cannabis.

Rin­giao pleaded guilty to 16 charges, in­clud­ing three of dan­ger­ous driv­ing, re­sist­ing ar­rest, fail­ing to stop, pos­ses­sion of drug uten­sils, driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, un­law­fully get­ting into a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and pos­ses­sion of cannabis.

He had also pleaded guilty to wil­fully dam­ag­ing a park bench.

The judge said Rin­giao had placed members of the pub­lic at risk with his driv­ing.

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