Alleged chase driver stays in hospital

A rough sleeper caught after an alleged police chase through Woolston and Opawa on Thursday was excused his scheduled court appearance today – he’s still in hospital recovering from surgery.

Logan James Smoor, 21, was given a remand on bail to January 11 when the case was called before Judge Raoul Neave in the Christchurch District Court.

Defence counsel Glenda Murphy said the police did not oppose his release on bail.

He will have to live at a specified South Shore address once he is released from hospital, and he is not allowed to consume alcohol or illicit drugs while on bail.

Police alleged Smoor drove off when police checked a white van where they believe he had been sleeping. Three police cars were damaged in the pursuit which ended at Hawford Road, Opawa, where the van apparently rammed a police vehicle.

Smoor faces charges of dangerous driving on Opawa Road, resisting a constable, assaulting six constables with intent to obstruct them, and refusing to allow a blood specimen to be taken.

Smoor’s address is given on the charges as “no fixed abode, central Christchurch”.