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National MP faces driving charge

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/07/2016
National MP Chester Borrows. © Getty Images National MP Chester Borrows.

National MP Chester Borrows has been charged with injuring two protesters with a car in his local electorate.

The Deputy Speaker and Whanganui MP on Tuesday confirmed he faces a charge of careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury to two people outside the Collegiate Motor Inn in March.

Cabinet minister Paula Bennett was also in car that was caught on camera allegedly coming into contact with TPP protesters in a driveway as it slowly pulled out onto the road.

Mr Borrows said in a statement he intended to defend the charges but would not make any further comment.

He will appear in Whanganui District Court on August 2.

The maximum penalty for careless driving causing injury is three months' jail or a fine of $4500 along with a loss of licence for at least six months, under the Land Transport Act.

MPs must resign from parliament only if a crime they're convicted of carries a maximum penalty of two or more years jail time.

Mr Borrows is a former police officer.

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