North Shore Times : January 11th 2011
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By MICHELLE ROBINSON POLICE officers who pursued a vehicle that went on to seriously injure an officer made a number of policy breaches, a report shows. An officer ignored multiple orders to abandon pursuit of a stolen Ford Fairlane which went on to hit a 23-year-old officer, the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report shows. Two other officers were found to have not followed protocol when laying road spikes, and a Northern Communications controller did not take firm control of the situation. Their ‘‘unco-ordinated’’ actions contributed to Officer C suffering a mild traumatic brain injury, the report says. The Fairlane hit him when it drove through road spikes that he had laid at Fred Thomas Drive and Esmonde Rd in Takapuna in the early hours of March 24, 2009. He also suffered dental injury, cuts, grazes and bruises. He has since recovered and returned to full duties. The pursuit began in Albany when a police dog handler, Officer A, noted the car’s occupants were behaving suspiciously. The authority chair Justice Lowell Goddard found his decision to continue the pursuit despite the communications controller’s orders as unjustified. Officer A defended his action: ‘‘Well they obviously had made a decision that an officer had been hurt and they wanted to abandon the pursuit for reasons I don’t know, I don’t understand why they aban- doned that pursuit at that stage. ‘‘Yeah, these are exceptional cir- cumstances, so yeah, I made a decision that I believed was justi- fied at the time because of the seriousness of what I had just witnessed. ‘‘Our offender wasn’t just trying to get away, he lined up Officer C in a deliberate action. I had no idea who he was, I hadn’t seen his face, I’d only seen him from behind and I could not have identified him.’’ Officers B and C’s failure to pos- ition and deploy road spikes accord- ing to policy were also ‘‘undesir- able’’, the report says. ‘‘Officer C’s choice of location did not provide him with cover nor was he wearing a reflectorised jacket.’’ The pursued driver, Sheean Heta, then 23, continued driving despite losing a wheel on Akoranga Drive. About four minutes later he drove off Beach Haven wharf and into a tidal estuary. He was convicted of six offences including aggravated wounding, failure to stop or ascertain injury after a crash, dangerous driving, failing to stop for red and blue flash- ing lights and driving while dis- qualified. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Three passengers were also charged with serious offences, Wai- temata superintendent Bill Searle says. Heta, who had more than 50 pre- vious convictions, was affected by P at the time. Mr Searle has accepted the auth- ority’s findings and Waitemata police are taking up its recommen- dations including internal perform- ance measures against several of the officers involved. A refresher training pack- age on stinger spikes is also being included in the Police Professional Driver Programme. ‘‘While the police agree that the unco-ordinated actions of the police staff were a factor, it is important to remember that it was the actions of the fleeing driver that ultimately caused the sequence of events.’’ Olive celebrates 104th birthday Birthday girl: Milford resident Olive Mason has turned 104. Photo: MICHELLE ROBINSON By MICHELLE ROBINSON Bouquets of flowers filled the room of Lady Allum Village’s oldest resident on her 104th birthday. Olive Mason beamed as she spoke of her birth- day festivities and well- wishes from family and friends. ‘‘I’m overwhelmed by kindness, it’s been very nice.’’ Among those friends is fellow village resident Margaret Thomson, 100, who met Mrs Mason on a train in 1928 as they were both starting out in their careers – Mrs Mason as a dental nurse and Mrs Thomson as a nurse. ‘‘I’m blessed with a good long-term memory,’’ Mrs Mason says. ‘‘I’ve had more time recently to think about a lot of things that happened since I was a tiny child and how differ- ent life is now.’’ Close family members joined Mrs Mason to celebrate her birthday.
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