A 23-year-old man accused of leading police on a 50km rampage across North Canterbury and Christchurch yesterday has been remanded in custody.

Kyle James Clarke, a 23-year-old from Geraldine, South Canterbury, appeared in Christchurch District Court this morning.

He faces six charges, including reckless driving on the Northern Motorway, failing to stop for police, driving while forbidden, a burglary at Amberley, being found without reasonable excuse in an enclosed yard, and taking a Nissan Safari valued at $5000 from Waikuku.

Duty lawyer Steve Hembrow made no application for bail.


Judge John Strettell remanded Clarke in custody without plea until September 29.

The alleged pursuit began in North Canterbury yesterday morning at around 8.30am and finished almost two hours later in the suburb of Woolston.

Eyewitnesses claimed the driver of a green 4WD drove on the wrong side of a busy Main North Rd near Woodend School, before allegedly sideswiping a mother's vehicle who was on the school run.

Police allege the driver went through road blocks, roadworks, a golf course, private houses, and a riverbank before he was caught.