Police ramming accused behind bars
A Hamilton man accused of ramming four police cars in Tauranga will remain behind bars until his next court appearance.
Benjamin Hati appeared in Tauranga District Court this morning facing nine charges including, four counts of aggravated assaults towards police officers.
The 36-year-old is also facing charges that include reckless driving, failing to stop when requested to stop by an enforcement officer whilst exceeding the speed limit and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
He was arrested on January 16 when police signaled for a vehicle to pull over on Hewletts Road at around 10.45pm.
The events took place when police signalled for a vehicle to pull over on Hewletts Road.
“It failed to do so and was pursued by police, but due to the manner of driving the pursuit was immediately abandoned,” says a police spokesperson.
Road spikes were deployed near the Bayfair roundabout and the car was again pursued along Maunganui Road.
The car slowed and rammed the police car.
“On Matapihi Road, the driver rammed a second police car. Road spikes were again deployed and while travelling at slow speed, the driver again attempted several times to ram a police car.
“The driver then stopped the car and the passengers ran off on foot.”
Police say the passengers allegedly stole a second vehicle and attempted to flee the scene in the stolen vehicle.
“They were blocked in by police and the occupants were arrested.
“Four police cars were damaged in the incident, but fortunately no police staff were injured.”
During his court appearance today, the accused’s lawyer asked for more time with their client, saying they want to file a final adjournment plea on his next appearance.
The accused will next appear in court on February 19.