A man who led police on a high-speed chase while he had a German hitch hiker in the car has pleaded guilty to a raft of charges.

Lex Ross Martin, 26, appeared in Whangarei District Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to charges of possessing methamphetamine, reckless driving and failing to stop.

The charges stem from an incident on October 25 when Martin led police on a 20-minute chase in Paihia, reaching speeds of 150km/h after police attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding. Compounding the situation was the fact that a German tourist was in the car.

He also pleaded guilty on Wednesday to unrelated charges of possession of utensils for the manufacture of P, possession of cannabis seed, male assaults female, breach of bail and breach of release conditions.


He appeared via audio visual link from prison in Auckland and was remanded in custody for sentencing in Whangarei District Court on December 12.