Pursuit driver admits charges

A driver involved in a police pursuit through Edgeware and Shirley last year is in custody awaiting sentence after admitting 14 charges.

Terry Thane Daily pleaded guilty to all the remaining charges at the Christchurch District Court after the police agreed to withdraw a charge of assault using a car as a weapon.

Judge Tom Gilbert remanded him for sentencing on May 9, and ruled out home detention as a possible penalty by not ordering the necessary assessment.

Daily admitted charges of unlawfully getting into a $3000 car on September 25, failing to stop for the police five days later when they used their lights and siren, failing to remain stopped for the police to get details from him, driving while disqualified, reckless driving, resisting a police constable, unlawful possession of an airgun and a knife, intentionally damaging a police car, possession of methamphetamine, intentional damage of a fence, and several drive-off petrol thefts.

Police said that when they sighted Daily in Golf Links Road, he had three passengers in the car. He pulled over but as the officer walked up to the car, he sped off.

He drove at about 90km an hour through the residential area, and crossed onto the wrong side of the road as he approached Marshlands Road. Motorists had to brake to avoid him as he drove through a red light at Briggs Road. Police gave up the pursuit at that stage because of Daily’s driving.

Police still saw him in the distance weaving through heavy traffic on Innes Road.

He dropped his passengers at an address in Erin Crescent and then drove off, knocking over a low brick wall.

He drove into a random driveway in Cornwall Street, Edgeware, to evade the police and when he was spotted he backed out and rammed a police car, causing substantial damage.

He was found again driving erratically in Sydenham. The car had gone over road spikes and the left rear tyre was gone. His driving was endangering people.

When police stopped him, he refused to get out of the car, but was removed. When police searched the car, they found an air pistol and a knife under the passenger seat, and a bullet-proof vest. They found three small bags containing what appeared to be methamphetamine residue.

When questioned by the police about the pursuit, Daily commented, “Sieg Heil.”



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