Punches rained down on an officer's head moments after he was
struck by a teen's motorcycle helmet following a high-speed
pursuit through north Dunedin.
Ayden Watt (19) appeared in the Dunedin District Court
yesterday, pleading guilty to charges laid after the July 9
They included aggravated assault, driving while disqualified,
driving in a dangerous manner, failing to stop and possessing
cannabis for supply.
Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Evans said in the summary of facts
Watt was riding a Hyosung motorcycle in Gt King St when
police signalled for him to stop near the intersection with
Opoho Rd about 9.50pm.
The unemployed Dunedin man rode into the cycle lane and
accelerated along North Rd, reaching speeds of 80kmh, passing
motorists in the process.
Turning left into Northumberland St, he rode around the block
before arriving back on North Rd.
He continued travelling southwards, reaching 100kmh - twice
the legal speed limit there.
Watt turned into Duke St, travelling the wrong way, before
turning right into Castle St North.
He rode through a stop sign at the Castle and Dundas Sts
intersection at about 40kmh.
He lost control in Castle St, crashing close to a
construction area near the University of Otago.
Watt fled on foot and was pursued by police.
When the officer caught up with him, he took off his helmet
and swung it at the officer's head.
The officer was struck several times on his arm as he tried
to shield himself.
Watt lost hold of his helmet but ''continued raining
punches'' on the officer - striking him seven or eight times
on the right side of his head.
Watt tried to trip the officer, causing him to stumble, then
ran to the helmet and grabbed it again, swinging it in front
of him when the officer approached.
Once detained, a search of Watt's backpack found it contained
69 small (1g) bags of cannabis as well as eight larger
It also contained a container of liquid with ''acid'', sold
for $30 a drop, and four plastic pill caps (value
Judge Belinda Pidwell remanded Watt in custody to reappear on