A TEENAGER has pleaded guilty to almost all charges after leading police on a pursuit before a crash in Armidale.
Cody Lockwood appeared in Armidale Local Court on Monday, after his arrest in the early hours of Sunday morning.
New England police were patrolling the Armidale area when they pulled over a white ute on Queen Elizabeth Drive at about 2.40am.
Police said the ute was missing back registration plates, and when officers got out of the car to approach the driver, he sped from the scene.
Officers gave chase, and initiated a police pursuit, which was called off a short time later because of safety concerns.
The car was spotted driving along Marsh Street, but police said Lockwood lost control and crashed the ute into a tree.
Police helped to rescue Lockwood, aged 19, and a 22-year-old man who was a passenger in the ute. Paramedics arrived a short time later and took both to Armidale hospital for treatment for non life-threatening injuries.
Police searched the vehicle and uncovered what they said was an amount of methylamphetamine, or ice, inside.
After he was released from hospital, Lockwood was taken to Armidale police station where he was questioned by officers.
He was later charged with a string of offences including breach of bail and police pursuit.
Also known as Codelee Lockwood-Ahoy, on Monday, he pleaded guilty to charges of police pursuit by not stopping and driving dangerously; driving while suspended; and possessing a prohibited drug; as well as one count of possessing suspected stolen goods.
The police pursuit and driving while suspended charges are also Lockwood's second or subsequent offence, the court heard.
A charge of driving in a speed or manner dangerous was withdrawn in court.
Lockwood was denied bail by magistrate Michael Holmes who ordered he remain in custody ahead of sentencing in mid-April.
Police said the passenger of the ute has since been released from hospital and was released without charge.