Fleeing driver goes to jail
‘‘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.