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Man Charged After Officer Dragged By Police Car

Wellington, Jan 11 NZPA - The man who allegedly injured a police officer as she tried to stop him driving away from a Christchurch checkpoint in her patrol car was today granted a registrar's remand without a court appearance.

Jamie Alan Sinclair, 22, a labourer, was arrested at his Papanui, Christchurch, home early yesterday after the Saturday night incident at a checkpoint in Buchanans Road, Sockburn.

Police allege Sinclair, who had his licence suspended and his car impounded for an alleged high breath-alcohol level, returned to the checkpoint after his car was impounded and drove off in a police Holden Commodore.

Senior Constable Sarah Lurajud was dragged about 10m when she tried to stop the vehicle being taken. She was discharged from hospital yesterday and may be off work for a week after suffering injuries to her head and legs.

Ms Lurajud was the country's first officer to undergo a sex change, the New Zealand Herald reported.

She had previously been Stephen Lurajud and underwent surgery in 2005.

Sinclair has entered no plea to charges of injuring the officer with intent to commit a crime -- unlawfully taking the car -- as well as the unlawful taking, and driving while his licence was suspended.

He was released on bail today by a Christchurch District Court registrar until January 25, to get legal advice.

Meanwhile, Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart said there would be a review of security of patrol cars at alcohol checkpoints.

Mr Stewart said it was not clear if the keys had been left in the car, but that it was standard practice for police at checkpoints to leave themselves access to a car in case needed to chase motorists who failed to stop.

NZPA

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