A Tauranga policeman’s son who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and led police on two high-speed chases on Valentine’s Day has been sentenced to six months community detention.
Ryan Matthew Beilby, 20, appeared in the Rotorua District Court on Thursday morning for sentencing after earlier pleading guilty to kidnapping and assault charges.
He was convicted and discharged on a charge of failing to stop.
According to the summary of facts on February 14 Bielby kidnapped his ex-girlfriend near Tauranga and drove through the Kaimai Ranges reaching high speeds.
Police were called but the chase was abandoned when speeds reached around 170km/h.
The pursuit resumed when Bielby was seen an hour later and ended when he crashed through a farm fence.
The Judge says Bielby showed “genuine remorse” and was turning his life around.
Bielby is to complete 300 hours community work and be under intensive supervision for 12 months.
He is also forbidden from associating with his victim unless given permission to do so by his probation officer and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
Ryan Bielby is the son of Senior Sergeant Ross Bielby.