Chased by police with a child in a car seat on the petrol
tank of his motorbike, Aki Henare gave his pursuers the
"finger" and fled.
Appearing before Judge Peter Butler in Masterton District
Court this week, the 24-year-old shearer pleaded guilty to
dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.
Police prosecutor Garry Wilson said Henare was seen by police
riding the motorbike at 65kmh with the child in a car seat
perched on the petrol tank.
They tried to stop him but he sped off, Mr Wilson said.
"He gave police the finger."
Clocked driving at 70kmh on Cameron Cres, Henare went home
and parked the motorbike in the garage.
Police arrived soon after.
"He said he was taking his son for a drive."
Defence lawyer Virginia Pearson said it was a ridiculous
thing to do. Neither Henare nor the child were wearing a
"It was stupidity at the end of the day."
On the dangerous driving charge, Judge Butler disqualified
Henare from driving for six months and fined him $900 and
$130 court costs. On the failing to stop charge, he was
sentenced to a further three months' disqualification for a
total of nine months.
- By Cherie Taylor of the Wairarapa Times-Age