7 Oct 2009

Man who sparked police hunt in custody

9:41 pm on 7 October 2009

A Wanganui man who led police on a 40-hour chase throughout the central North Island has been remanded in custody following a court appearance.

David John Bourke, 46, eluded armed police on farm land near Norsewood in southern Hawke's Bay for two days.

He was arrested at the Norsewood Golf Club on Tuesday morning.

Mr Bourke appeared in Palmerston North District Court on Wednesday charged with using a firearm against a police officer, assaulting a person with a weapon, and for failing to remain stopped in his car for a police officer.

Mr Bourke was remanded in custody for two weeks. The court ordered that he undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Meanwhile, police have officially identified a body found under a blanket in the accused's abandoned car as his 49-year-old brother Timothy Bourke, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger says the brothers were last seen at home by their father at 8am on Sunday and police are trying to piece together their movements up until 1pm that afternoon.

Ms Schwalger says police have received a number of sightings of David Bourke's Honda in areas including Te Horo and Pukerua Bay, near Wellington.