The 18-year-old forbidden driver who led police on a pursuit on three wheels and a rim leaving a shower of sparks behind him, was sentenced in the Oamaru District Court yesterday.
Matthew John Webb, 18, dairy worker, of Elderslie, was sentenced to 75 hours’ community work and disqualified from driving for nine months for reckless driving and failing to stop for police, when he appeared before Judge Joanna Maze in the Oamaru District Court.
On two charges of driving while forbidden and possession of a utensil for the consumption of cannabis, he was convicted and discharged.
The court heard that on October 19, police beckoned Webb to stop for a random breath test. When he failed to stop, police activated their siren, but Webb led them on a pursuit towards Weston – reaching speeds of 130km/h.
Police abandoned the pursuit after 3km due to his reckless driving, as he drifted onto the wrong side of the road, at times, and launched a search phase instead.
Webb continued driving to his home address, on three tyres, leaving a large shower of smoke and sparks from the rim behind him.
When he was stopped by police, they also found a “cannabis bong” fashioned from a soft drink bottle in the vehicle.
Judge Maze said Webb had endangered himself, others and the pursuing police officers.
“In that split second you elected not to comply, you endangered yourself and you endangered others,” she said.
“A clear message needs to be sent.
“Time and time again cases of this nature come before the public because someone has lost their life after such a foolish decision.”