Teen car chase accused in custody

A 19-year old man has been remanded in custody after a cross-city police chase at the weekend.

Ethan Stuart Batt, of Woolston, faced five charges when he appeared before Judge Raoul Neave in the Christchurch District Court today.

He entered no pleas and made no bail application. Judge Neave remanded him in custody to July 17, for an appearance by video-link from the prison.

Duty lawyer David Bunce said a bail application may be made on that day.

Batt appeared on charges of unlawfully taking a $10,000 Nissan Safari, reckless driving on Moorhouse Avenue, failing to stop for the police while driving dangerously, and resisting a police officer.

Police allege those offences happened on Sunday in a chase that began about 3am in the Sydenham-Waltham area, and passed through the city and on to Papanui. They said the four-wheel-drive was driven on its rims after road spikes were used to burst its tyres.

Batt faces a further charge of unlawfully taking a car in Timaru on June 13.

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