More serious charge laid over chase, crash

Court House-Sept-2013-08A more serious charge alleging aggravated wounding of a police officer has been laid against a man arrested after a car chase and crash at a police stop in Yaldhurst Road last week.

Graham Theo Payne, 55, of no fixed abode, faced the charge at a Christchurch District Court appearance by video-link from the prison today.

He had previously been charged with reckless driving causing injury to the officer, who was injured when a car allegedly driven by Payne crashed through a roadblock of patrol vehicles.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Neil Williams today asked that the charge be withdrawn and replaced with a charge that Payne wounded the officer with intent to avoid arrest in a situation where a passenger was in possession of the class A drug methamphetamine.

The police also amended another charge, saying that the passenger had given a false name when she was taken to hospital from the crash scene, in which three elderly people in another car were injured.

They changed the name of of the victim on that reckless driving causing injury charge to Kylie Natasha Puna, a 27-year-old Auckland woman who was alleged to have drugs concealed inside her body.

She was held in custody when she was released from the hospital and arrested and brought to court on Saturday when the evidence had “passed”. She was remanded in custody to Thursday.

Judge Alistair Garland today allowed the replacement of the charge and the amendment to the other charge, and remanded Payne without plea to December 8 for a further appearance by video-link.

Defence counsel Josh Lucas said the remand would allow Payne to receive further legal advice and would give the police a chance to check proposed addresses for a bail application.

Payne now faces the charge of aggravated wounding, two charges of reckless driving causing injury, and failing to stop for a police vehicle using its lights and siren.



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