Knife chase woman ‘wants to change’

A young woman who chased three people down the street while brandishing a knife says she does not like the person she has become.

The Christchurch District Court was told that Sarah Leigh Storer, 20, wanted to make changes for her future and was now attending AA meetings.

Storer, a cleaner, was sentenced to home detention for the armed chase along a Burwood street last December, and for drink-driving and wilful damage from an incident in February.

Storer told police she got angry when someone told her new partner some wrong information.

All the people at the address in Parnwell Street had been drinking, and when Storer left the address one of the victims told the person at the address some misinformation about Storer’s history.

The door was locked, and when Storer returned she banged on the front door demanding to be let in. She was asked to leave and when she tried to climb in a rear window the police were called.

Storer left, but returned later to find the three victims outside waiting for the police. She went into the house and returned outside carrying a large kitchen knife. She ran at the victims and was chasing them down the street when the police arrived. She admitted three charges of threatening to cause grievous bodily harm.

In February she was stopped by police in Balclutha for not wearing a seatbelt and found to be driving-drunk. When she was taken to the police station she damaged the boot of the police car.

Defence counsel David Goldwater said Storer demonstrated lack of control. She was now attending AA meetings as she did not like the person she had become, and she wanted to make changes for her future.

Judge Gary MacAskill said the victim impact report said the people she chased had feared for their safety.

He said Storer was motivated to attend counselling, and sentenced her to home detention for 22 weeks, reparation of $788.75 for the damaged police car, reparation of $179 for analyst fees for the drink-driving charge, and disqualification from driving for six months.

He said she had an anger problem, and conditions of her home detention sentence were to include any assessments and counselling recommended by her probation officer.

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