black and red polo shirt ‘Maniac’ driver admits hitting officer in Whakatane police chase
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A 26 year old man who “drove like a maniac” to evade police has appeared in the Opotiki District Court this morning.
Joshua Strickland, 26,
of Gisborne pleaded guilty to theft, failing to stop and dangerous driving. He was remanded in custody to appear in the Whakatane District Court on February 7 for sentencing.
The charges follow an incident on Wednesday morning where the man fled from police after he was suspected to have driven off without paying for petrol.
The court heard how the three charges spanned incidents from Opotiki to Taneatua,
including the serious driving incident in Whakatane.
Judge Louis Bidois said Strickland had made a determined effort to evade police for a relatively minor matter when he should have been able to pay for tobacco.