Amelia Wade is a court reporter for the New Zealand Herald

Man who hit police officer with car jailed for 15 months

Kyle Scott Tweedie was today sentenced to 15 months in prison. Photo / Supplied
Kyle Scott Tweedie was today sentenced to 15 months in prison. Photo / Supplied

A man who described himself as 'NZ's best nightmare' has been jailed for hitting a female police officer with his car then driving off.

Kyle Scott Tweedie was today sentenced to 15 months in prison at the Auckland District Court on 11 different charges, including assaulting the officer using a motor vehicle as a weapon.

He also appeared on charges of failing to stop after an accident, failing to stop for flashing lights, driving while disqualified, assaulting a child, intentionally damaging among other charges.

In August last year Tweedie was being pursued for another driving offence and stopped in the middle of traffic in Three Kings.

When the female officer got out of the car to arrest him, Tweedie drove into her before she rolled across the bonnet then onto the ground.

He then sped off as she got to her feet.

Police launched a public appeal to find Tweedie who called himself "NZ's worstnightmare" on social media.

His lawyer, Lisa Gray, said as a result of the offending Tweedie had lost his job and his flat.

He only owned some tools for making boilers and a few personal items so was not in a position to pay the $4000 of reparations sought by the Crown.

"That's all he's got in the world," Gray told the court.

"He's starting over with just some tools and a few personal items."

Today Judge Claire Ryan accepted Tweedie had mental health issues which had been exacerbated by drug use.

The judge also accepted Tweedie had shown real remorse and insight into his offending.

She sentenced him to 15 months to be served concurrently and ordered he pay $900 in reparation when he is released from prison.

- NZ Herald

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