Officer had to leap clear of vehicle, police say

October 30, 2014 | By More

Police-badge-2013-09-001Police say an officer had to leap out of the way of a car driven by a fleeing driver he was trying to arrest after an incident that spanned Christchurch city early today.

They have charged a Queenstown man, Marcus Brian James Forde, 27, with assaulting the police sergeant with intent to avoid arrest.

Forde appeared in the Christchurch District Court today, when defence counsel Josh Lucas said no bail application would be made. Judge Alistair Garland remanded Forde in custody to November 10.

He was already before the court on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled drug and careless driving.

Police alleged the car driven by Forde was pursued when it was seen driving erratically on Marshland Road and failed to stop when signalled. The chase was called off on Linwood Avenue because of the danger to other road users.

Police set up cordons to try to stop the car when it was then seen in the Hillmorton area.

They found the car in a no exit road, where it is alleged it rammed a patrol car twice.

“The vehicle is then reported to have driven towards an officer who was attempting to arrest the fleeing driver. The officer leapt out of the path of the vehicle and was lucky to escape injury,” police said.

After a struggle involving the driver, police, a police dog, and handler, the driver was tasered and arrested.

An officer injured during the arrest was treated for cuts to the hand, and another officer received back injuries when the patrol car was rammed.

The car contained two passengers, and one of them was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

Forde was remanded without plea on seven charges: the aggravated assault, failing to stop for the police, reckless driving on Marshland Road, possession of methamphetamine, cannabis, and a cannabis pipe, and unlawful possession of an offensive weapon – knuckle dusters.

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