Car-chase accused’s custody remand

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The man accused of jumping into the Wairoa River after a dramatic police chase in the Western Bay of Plenty has opted to stay behind bars until his next court appearance.

Bonn Glenn Taylor, 34, appeared in Tauranga District Court on Tuesday after being arrested on Monday.

Taylor is facing a raft of charges including two counts of failing to stop for police, two counts of recklessly operating a motor vehicle, driving while his licence was suspended, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and shoplifting.

The driving charges are in relation to a police chase from Katikati, along State Highway 2 to the Wairoa Bridge.

At the time of the chase, a police spokesperson said police first saw the vehicle near Katikati at around 9.30am.

The vehicle was spiked twice during the chase and was seen driving on the rims before catching fire on the Wairoa Bridge.

The shoplifting charge is in relation to a petrol drive-off at a BP station in Morrinsville.

Police allege Taylor, from Whangarei, fled from the vehicle and jumped into the river in an attempt to evade police.

During his court appearance yesterday, Taylor consented to being remanded in custody.

No pleas have been entered in relation to the charges.

Taylor is due to reappear in court on March 20.

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