Chase driver jumped from moving car

During a police pursuit through Christchurch, 46-year-old Teaahu Reti crashed through two fences and then jumped from the moving car and ran off while the car went on to crash into a third fence.

The chase’s dramatic end was described by police after Reti pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court to charges of failing to stop for the police, dangerous driving, and giving false identification details when he was caught.

He was remanded in custody for a video-link appearance on July 29, when a sentencing date will be set.

The incident began at 3.50am on June 21 when Reti was driving a car in Joy Street, Shirley, when the police used their flashing lights and siren to signal him to stop. Instead, he accelerated heavily, driving at up to 90km an hour in the 50km an hour area.

He slowed as he came to the Gloucester Street-Woodham Road intersection, but drove through the red light at between 20 and 30km an hour.

Reti continued driving to Jollie Street where he drove through road works into a no entry area where fencing and machinery blocked the road. He turned sharp left off the road and crashed through a construction fence, and then a house fence onto a lawn of a property.

He jumped out ran away from the vehicle while it was still moving, and it crashed to a stop against another house fence.

A police dog tracked him to a property in Thomas Street where he was caught, but gave someone else’s name and date of birth.

Reti also admitted three breaches of bail. He had already pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop for the police, possession of morphine, and breach of prison release conditions, dating from December 23.