A 32-year-old unemployed man appeared in Porirua District Court this
morning charged with: aggravated robbery, relating to a carjacking in
Tawa; dangerous driving; dangerous driving causing death; failing to
stop after an accident; and a charge of kidnapping, relating to the
second person in the vehicle, a 16 year old.
Speeds quoted in the article were up to 160km/hr. This is the first death for the police for about 6 years. Police are more at risk from this mad behaviour, particularly as the office was apparently on the road laying spikes. I can't imagine the atmosphere in the court when this waste of space appeared in the dock.
It is very sad, what a waste.
UPDATE: On Kiwiblog there is talk of the no-pursuit policy.
It was the height of idiocy for the government to publicly demand
tight restrictions on police pursuits. Criminals now know all they need
do to escape is use excessive speed and drive on the wrong side of the
road - the police will be forced to let them go.
It is hard to disagree. On the other hand, we don't want the police driving around at these speeds either. Criminals certainly do respond to incentives, but I do wonder if some of these people have thought that far ahead.