Drugs, firearm found after arrest fracas

October 6, 2017 | By More

A man who jammed an arresting police officer’s elbow in his door, and repeatedly tried to avoid arrest, pleaded guilty to seven charges in the Christchurch District Court.

Cade Lee Manuel, 37, was visited by several police on other matters, and opened the door to them.

He was advised he was under arrest and tried to close the door. One police officer blocked it from being shut with his foot and hand, and when Manuel slammed the door his elbow was jammed in the door frame.

Another officer used pepper spray, but Manuel fled out the back door, and despite having his clothing grabbed twice he managed to push the officers away and attempted to climb the fence. He was stopped by a police dog handler.

The police officer received bruising and swelling to his left hand and elbow.

When his property was searched by the police they found a black gun bag containing a sawn-off 12-gauge shotgun, seven cartridges, 22g of methamphetamine, and cannabis in bags. They also found a stolen car in his driveway.

Today Manuel admitted receiving a stolen car, possessing methamphetamine, aggravated injury, possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of cannabis, and failing to supply the password combination to his cell-phone.

He had already pleaded guilty to five driving charges, and a breach of community work charge.

Judge Paul Kellar read Manuel the first of the three strike warnings for repeat violent offenders, and ordered a pre-sentence report for his sentencing on a date to be set in March. Manuel remains in custody.

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