Teenage driver jailed, fined and dis­qual­i­fied for two years

Comment News (Armadale) - - News -

A 19-YEAR-OLD By­ford man has been jailed for seven months and fined $5000 for his in­volve­ment in two po­lice pur­suits in two days.

His li­cence was dis­qual­i­fied for two years.

In the first in­ci­dent, he drove at more than 110km/h in a res­i­den­tial street and in the sec­ond, his car spun out of con­trol on Tonkin High­way.

The teenager faced Ar­madale Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day charged with of­fences in July.

On July 28, the man was pur­sued by a po­lice ve­hi­cle on South West­ern High­way while he had two pas­sen­gers in the car.

When the po­lice ve­hi­cle turned on its lights and siren, he re­fused to stop, at times com­ing close to col­lid­ing with the po­lice ve­hi­cle.

He drove down the wrong side of the road for 50m and drove at more than 110km/h down a res­i­den­tial street. Nei­ther the man nor the car was found that night.

On July 29, he was head­ing west on Tonkin High­way when he ac­cel­er­ated away from po­lice, go­ing dou­ble the speed limit be­fore he lost con­trol and spun 180 de­grees.

He was ar­rested the day af­ter the sec­ond in­ci­dent and taken to Mundi­jong Po­lice Sta­tion where he made a full ad­mis­sion.

The po­lice prose­cu­tor said the ac­cused told po­lice “he’d man­aged to lose one po­lice car, so thought he could lose an­other”.

His lawyer said the de­fen­dant re­alised he had set a bad ex­am­ple for the young peo­ple around him.

The teenager pleaded guilty to four charges, two of fail­ing to com­ply with a di­rec­tion to stop and two es­cap­ing a po­lice pur­suit.

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