Police pursuit charges admitted

August 25, 2015 | By More

Police car-Sept2013-03A 21-year-old has been remanded in custody for sentence after admitting being the driver in a police pursuit that was ended with road spikes and a crash into a patrol car.

James Keith Parekh, of no fixed abode, will be sentenced on October 20 after pleading guilty to 13 charges in the Christchurch District Court today.

Judge Brian Callaghan remanded him in custody and at the request of defence counsel Paul Johnson ordered a pre-sentence report that will consider his suitability for home detention, in case he could be placed in the drug rehabilitation centre at Odyssey House.

Parekh has been custody since his arrest soon after the incident on July 6.

The incident began when the police tried to stop a car that had been unlawfully taken in Shirley about 5am.

The driver sped off with the police chasing.

Police alleged at the time that the fleeing driver drove towards an officer who was deploying road spikes on Joy Street, before colliding with a parked patrol car. The officer had to run out of the way to avoid being hit. The patrol car received minor damage.

Parekh ran off after the crash but was tracked and caught by a police dog.

The guilty pleas today included charges of unlawfully taking a car, failing to stop for the police, reckless driving, unlicenced driving, unlawful possession of an offensive weapon – knuckle-dusters – wilful damage, and unlawfully getting into a car.



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