Paper chase ends in court

By James Baker

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A drive to get some toilet paper ended badly for a Whanganui woman.

Gayle Ranginui pleaded guilty before the Whanganui District Court to charges of driving while disqualified, reckless driving and failing to stop for police.

Police prosecutor Racheal Willemsen told Judge Phillip Crayton police signalled for Ranginui to stop on November 5 at 3pm.

Ranginui pulled her vehicle to the side of the road for a few seconds and then sped off.
Police gave chase and some time later Ranginui lost control of the vehicle.

She skidded off the road, crashing in to a fence, causing considerable damage.
When arrested, she told police her aunt had asked her to get some toilet paper from the store.

Ranginui told police she fled because she didn't have a driver's licence and didn't want to go to jail.

Judge Crayton referred Ranginui for sentencing on March 6.

"You were right to be worried about not having a licence," he said and warned her to stay out of trouble until sentencing.

"You don't want to face any further charges when you come before the court."

- Wanganui Chronicle

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