Otago Daily Times

Man sen­tenced for re­peated road rage


- COURT REPORTER Crime · Violence and Abuse · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Narcotic Drugs · Society · Palmerston · River Thames

A PALMER­STON man pelted his vic­tims’ ve­hi­cles with ob­jects in re­peated acts of road rage, a court has heard.

In the Oa­maru District Court on Wed­nes­day, Judge Joanna Maze sen­tenced Stacey James Day (24) to 12 months’ home de­ten­tion and dis­qual­i­fied him from driv­ing for 18 months on a raft of charges re­lat­ing to five sep­a­rate in­ci­dents dat­ing back to Novem­ber 2018.

He had been con­victed of threat­en­ing be­hav­iour, in­tim­i­da­tion, two charges of dan­ger­ous driv­ing, reck­less driv­ing, an ag­gra­vated charge of fail­ing to stop for po­lice, driv­ing while sus­pended, wheel­spin­ning and wil­ful dam­age, as well as pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine for sup­ply and pos­ses­sion of uten­sils, cannabis, and a Taser.

On Novem­ber 12, 2018, Day was driv­ing be­hind the vic­tim on Pleas­ant Point High­way to­wards Ti­maru. She stopped for a ve­hi­cle in front, and Day was fol­low­ing too close to stop in time.

He slid into loose gravel on the side of the road, over­took the vic­tim, then pulled in front of her and yelled abuse, giv­ing her the fingers and ges­tur­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner with what she thought was a knife.

On July 10 last year, the de­fen­dant was be­hind two other ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling south in Awamoa Rd, Oa­maru.

Day passed the vic­tim, who was at the front of the three ve­hi­cles, on a blind corner. Once past, he slowed down, so the vic­tim pulled out and over­took him.

Af­ter this had been re­peated three times, Day pulled over, picked up a rock and threw it at the vic­tim’s car, dam­ag­ing the wing mir­ror.

A cou­ple of weeks later, on July 27, Day was in­volved in an­other road rage in­ci­dent in Oa­maru.

He got out of his car and yelled at an­other mo­torist, then fol­lowed her when she drove away.

In Thames St, he swore at her and told her she was dead; af­ter fol­low­ing her again he threw an ob­ject, which hit her ve­hi­cle.

On Fe­bru­ary 11 this year, Day was chased by po­lice, who knew he was driv­ing while sus­pended. He drove at up to 130kmh to avoid po­lice, who even­tu­ally aban­doned their pur­suit.

Day’s drug con­vic­tions came from an in­ci­dent on De­cem­ber 3 last year in Kaik­oura.

A mem­ber of the pub­lic re­ported a ve­hi­cle to po­lice for ac­cel­er­at­ing hard into a shin­gle area, leav­ing large skid marks.

While speaking to Day, who was in the driver’s seat, the of­fi­cer smelt cannabis and searched the ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice found a Taser, along with 2.95g of metham­phetamine, two glass pipes, two small scales, 1g of cannabis and $1050 cash.

Al­though Judge Maze had con­cerns about whether home de­ten­tion was suf­fi­cient, a pre­sen­tence re­port sug­gested it was.

‘‘Peo­ple who know you have some con­fi­dence you are mak­ing progress,’’ she said at sen­tenc­ing.

Day was also or­dered to pay $300 repa­ra­tion.

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