Meth charge dropped after car chase arrest

August 24, 2017 | By More

Police have dropped a methamphetamine-possession-for-supply charge against a man who was arrested by armed police after a car chase in Christchurch two weeks ago.

After permission was granted at the Christchurch District Court today to withdraw the charge, police no longer opposed bail for Andrew Garth Stewart, a 38-year-old Banks Peninsula farmer.

Defence counsel Richard Maze sought bail for Stewart, who appeared by video-link from the prison after being held in custody since his arrest on August 9.

He was arrested in New Brighton late at night after several police cars and armed police stopped the four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Judge John Macdonald granted bail and remanded Stewart to September 7. He imposed bail conditions including a night time curfew at a Christchurch address, and a ban on possession of firearms, ammunition, and controlled drugs.

Stewart faces charges of receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a pipe for using methamphetamine, dangerous driving, failing to stop for the police, possession of a crossbow, and carrying an airgun.

Police amended some charges and withdrew charges of possession of methamphetamine for supply and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.


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