A MAN caught up in a wild rock-throwing chase eight years ago which eventually left a passerby with life-long injuries has pleaded guilty.
Anthony James Glover has admitted to his involvement in the 2012 chase through the New England, after long denying he was implicated.
Glover changed his plea, and before Judge Warwick Hunt in a Sydney court, he pleaded guilty to new offences of being an accessory before the fact to a serious indictable offence of causing grievous bodily harm to a person with intent to resist arrest; as well as one count of being an accessory before the fact of using an offensive weapon in company to prevent detention.
His trial - which had been set down for five days in Armidale District Court in March next year - has been vacated.
The new charges were laid after lengthy discussions between the Crown and defence, following a callover in Armidale which sought to examine case issues to cut down the number of trials set down in Tamworth and Armidale.
The offences carry a maximum of five years' imprisonment. Glover will now be sentenced in a Sydney court in December.
It had been the police case he was part of a group in 2012 which led officers on a wild, high speed chase near Glen Innes and Guyra, terrorising innocent motorists who were allegedly pelted with rocks.
The Express revealed Glover's extradition from Queensland in May after New England detectives travelled interstate to arrest him.
Glover has long-maintained his denial to the string of charges against him, but has been on bail since his extradition to live near Sydney.
Some of his co-accused remain behind bars serving lengthy sentences.
The gang were eventually captured by police after evading officers numerous times during the November 1, 2012, incident, when they collided with a police car on the Guyra-Ebor Rd.
Thirty-year-old Patrick Garrett, a painter from Guyra, suffered critical and permanent injuries after a rock smashed through his windscreen, striking him in the forehead, rendering him unconscious immediately.