Cross-town run ends in crash

Police car-Sept2013-02It took four police constables and a sergeant to subdue Ricky Shane Stampa after the crash that ended his high speed cross-town run.

Stampa, 31, resisted being handcuffed, kicked out at police, and punched the sergeant in the face.

His run began in Sylvia Street, Parklands, and ended in Sydenham.

Stampa said he ran from police because he didn’t have a licence. He has a bad record for getting into police chases and driving while disqualified.

When police searched the crashed car, they found a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.

Stampa, who is unemployed, pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court to charges of driving while disqualified, failing to stop for the police, reckless driving, assaulting the sergeant, resisting five police officers, possession of the meth pipe, failing to come to court while on bail, and possession of a prescription medicine – Tramadol – that was not in its proper packaging.

Judge Stephen O’Driscoll remanded him in custody to July 19 for sentencing and asked for a pre-sentence report to assess him for home detention. He also asked for a Community Alcohol and Drug Service assessment because defence counsel Paul Johnson may argue for Stampa to be sent on home detention to a residential rehabilitation programme.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jeff Kay said Stampa had been disqualified in 2013 for his eighth conviction for failing to stop for the police, and convicted, disqualified, and jailed in 2015 for his seventh driving while disqualified offence.

He was seen driving in Parklands at 3.25am on January 15, and accelerated away when a police patrol came up behind him using its lights and siren.

He drove around a roundabout on the wrong side and did 100km and hour on Bower Avenue.

He then turned his lights off and continued driving at 100km an hour.

The drive continued through Wainoni and Linwood and along Aldwins Road at excessive speed where police road spikes blew out two of his tyres.

Stampa turned onto Brougham Street, on the wrong side, and continued in the face of on-coming traffic in spite of damage to the car.

When he was going through Sydenham, he lost control at the corner of Milton Street and Strickland Street and crashed into a fence.

When he tried to run off, a police sergeant confronted him but he punched him in the face, causing bruising to the officer’s forehead. Five policemen then took five minutes to restrain him and get him handcuffed.

Police want him to pay for the damage to the fence.

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