Family arrested for dangerous driving in Northland


Police have arrested four members of a family following several alleged incidents of a motorbike riding around a Kaikohe street in a dangerous manner.  

Residents had been expressing concern about the dangerous driving that was upsetting them and had the potential to endanger other drivers.

Kaikohe Sergeant Kevin Milne said the residents were also in fear of the driver's family.  

Through working with one of the residents police were able to get enough information to take action against the 18-year-old driver.

On Saturday (February 2) they arrested him and charged him with sustained loss of traction, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and impounded his bike.

He was held in custody over the weekend and appeared in the Kaikohe District Court on Monday (February 4). He was released on bail to appear again on February 27.  

A 48-year-old man, who was related to the driver, then allegedly threatened the resident who made complaint. He was arrested and charged with threatening behaviour likely to cause violence.  He was held in custody over the weekend and appeared in court on Monday (February 4).


The man pleaded guilty, was convicted and received a $250 fine and costs.  

Two female members of the family, aged 45 and 15, were also arrested after an altercation at the Kaikohe Police Station. The 45-year-old woman was charged with obstruction and was released on bail to appear in court on March 19.

The 15-year-old woman was released without charge for an assault on police and has been referred to Youth Aid.  

Mr Milne says Police want the good people of Kaikohe to know that if they have a problem, they can come to Police who will take positive action to protect them from intimidation.  

Mr Milne says community safety is a team effort, with the members of the community and Police on the same team. 

  "If the community want to make a stand against anti-social and/or dangerous activity, Police will support them. At the end of the day, Police are here to work with the community to make Kaikohe a safer and better place to live."    

- Northern Advocate

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