Remand in custody after police pursuit

September 7, 2017 | By More

A man facing 25 charges after his arrest in a police pursuit on Wednesday, accepted a remand in custody when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

Matthew John Woods, 43, whose address is listed as “no fixed abode” in central Christchurch, entered no pleas and was remanded to October 2 for an appearance by video-link from the prison.

Duty lawyer Michelle Barrell told Judge John Strettell that she had spoken to Woods and explained his options for legal representation, but he wished to represent himself in court. She said she had given him a legal aid application form.

Judge Strettell also explained Woods’ options but he only nodded about the suggestions that were made and accepted that his remand was going to be in custody. He made no application for release on bail.

Woods is charged with reckless driving on Telegraph Road, near Burnham, on Wednesday, and failing to stop for a police car using its lights and siren, assaulting a man with intent to avoid arrest after a burglary, 10 charges of receiving including stolen trailer registration plates, a car transporter worth $5000, a laser level worth $3100, and stealing a $22,500 tractor and a $32,900 lawn-mower.

He also faces nine charges of burglary, possession of cannabis, and possession of the class A drug methamphetamine for supply, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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