MP for Whanganui Chester Borrows has been knocked back in his attempt to have a careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury charge dropped.
Mr Borrows said his application for dismissal was turned down yesterday by District Court Judge Jim Large.
He said he was "extremely disappointed" that the application for dismissal was rejected.
Mr Borrows has denied the charge.
The charge arises from an incident on March 22 when Mr Borrows allegedly drove into protesters outside the Collegiate Motor Inn on Liverpool St, Whanganui.
Mr Borrows said he was "unable to comment directly due to a suppression order imposed on the judge's own motion".
He did say, though, that he "will vigorously defend charges relating to the March 22 incident and says he hopes for a court date early in the new year to deal with the matter once and for all".
The suppression order surrounds evidence given at a hearing on October 17.