Custody remand on two chase charges

A Nelson man who allegedly failed to stop for police in two pursuits has been remanded in custody after a Christchurch court appearance.

No bail application was being made for Andrew David Hunter, 32, the duty lawyer Philip Watts told Christchurch District Court Judge Tony Couch.

The judge remanded Hunter in custody for an appearance by video-link on May 25, when he will be expected to enter pleas to the charges.

Hunter has been charged with dangerous driving on Beach Road in Ashburton and on the Weka Pass Road in North Canterbury following the two pursuits.

He also faced two charges of failing to stop for police cars flashing lights, possession of a taser, and stealing $52 petrol from BP station at Parklands, Christchurch.

Police said Hunter was wanted in Nelson for seven charges, including assault and unlawfully possessing firearms.

The incident began in Waikari, near Culverden, where police attempted to stop the car he was allegedly travelling in soon after midday on Thursday.

They pursued the car, but abandoned it for safety reasons, and they say the car was later used in a petrol drive-off theft in Parklands.

Police were told Hunter was at an address in rural Ashburton, and that led to another chase through the town. The car stopped in Tinwald and the driver was arrested.

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