Ashburton teenager remanded in custody

An Ashburton teenager has been remanded in custody on a number of charges.

Te Aroha Parata, 19, pleaded guilty to resisting police, escaping police custody, unlawfully taking a vehicle, driving while forbidden and twice breaching prison release conditions, when she appeared before Judge Joanna Maze in the Ashburton District Court.

She has been held in custody since her arrest in September.

Police prosecutor sergeant Mike Wingfield told the court Parata and an associate had been visiting at an address on Charles Street on July 25. They requested a ride home, but left when turned down. Parata returned to the address some time later and took an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway.

She drove around town until she was apprehended.

An arrest warrant was issued after Parata failed to turn up at court on September 2. On September 29 police attended a party at a Creek Road address, where they arrested Parata on the warrant.

She was unco-operative, and two officers were required to get her into the police car.

Following the arrest formalities, Parata was held in custody.

While she was being transported to holding cells in Timaru she requested a comfort stop, complaining of discomfort.

As there was no female officer present, she was allowed out of the vehicle unaccompanied at Orari – but she ran off into the darkness.

Shortly later an Orari resident notified police of a young woman on the property. When police arrived she made off again and was found hiding in trees nearby.

The breach charges related to Parata’s reluctance to engage probation services and undertake alcohol and drug services as directed as a condition of her release from prison in March.

Judge Maze declined a request for electronically monitored bail, put forward by Parata’s lawyer Marilyn Gilchrist, convicting her and remanding her in custody to reappear for sentencing on December 17.