Man admits third police pursuit

A 33-year-old man has admitted what police say is his third police pursuit, after a 20-minute high speed chase across the city.

Christopher Warren Corfield admitted reckless driving, failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified, and unlawful possession of a firearm, in the Christchurch District Court.

It is the second police chase for Corfield in a year, the last one ending with road spikes in Hillmorton and the car catching fire when he and the passengers got out.

The police chase offence is an aggravated charge alleging he has failed to stop for police at least twice before.

On August 24, Corfield, a Kaiapoi mechanic, was seen by police driving at speed through the intersection of Anzac Drive and Pages Road.

They signalled him with sirens and lights to stop but he sped up, and led police on a 20-minute pursuit around the city.

Corfield drove through a red light at Breezes Road, another at Wainoni Road, and drove on the wrong side of the road on QE11 Drive for about 200m at speed.

He drove through another red light at Main North Road, and drove on the wrong side of that road for about 300m at 100kmh in a 60kmh area.

Police spiked his tyres on Grimseys Road but he continued driving on three steel rims, and ran a further red light at Grahams Road and Memorial Avenue.

He drove at 110kmh while on Curletts Road, but after losing two wheels he stopped and was arrested by police.

Police clearing the car found a single barrelled shotgun on the passenger’s side, and a shotgun shell in the driver’s foot well.

He was a disqualified driver, and on prison release conditions at the time.

Judge Alistair Garland remanded Corfield in custody for sentencing on January 15.

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