Teen de­nied bail — this time

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

The Kaitaia teenager who po­lice al­lege was driv­ing the car that crashed into two parked ve­hi­cles in Awanui on Mon­day, was on bail.

It was granted in April, de­spite po­lice op­po­si­tion, on charges of as­sault with in­tent to rob and wil­ful dam­age at the Kaitaia court­house.

Amaru Tipene was re­manded in cus­tody when he ap­peared be­fore Judge Greg Davis in the Kaitaia Dis­trict Court on Tues­day fac­ing fresh charges of theft, of petrol from GAS Cooper’s Beach, un­law­fully tak­ing a car, dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fail­ing to stop. He is due to ap­pear again on Mon­day on those charges, and for sen­tence on the ear­lier mat­ters.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice the in­ci­dent be­gan with a ‘drive-off’ from the GAS ser­vice sta­tion at Cooper’s Beach. Po­lice from Kaitaia met the car, re­ported as un­law­fully taken in Kaitaia some hours ear­lier, trav­el­ling to­wards Awanui at Kare­ponia. The of­fi­cers turned and fol­lowed it, but no ac­tual pur­suit was ini­ti­ated be­cause of the speed it was trav­el­ling at, and be­cause po­lice recog­nised the driver.

The car turned north at the SH10/SH1 in­ter­sec­tion but crashed into a parked car, shunt­ing it into a se­cond parked car, and was aban­doned in the northbound lane. Three ju­ve­nile fe­males were ap­pre­hended by po­lice at the scene, and two males af­ter a foot chase over farm land.

The girls and the younger boy have been re­ferred to Po­lice Youth Aid.

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