Teenage driver jailed, fined and disqualified for two years
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.