Piara Waters chase ends in suspended sentence
SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCE FOR HIS SPEED PURSUIT
A HARRISDALE man has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for leading police on a high speed chase through Piara Waters and Harrisdale.
Wayne Raymond Moody drove erratically on the wrong side of Nicholson Road at speed, then through bushland, until he was tracked by a police helicopter through Harrisdale to his home.
Police prosecutor Josh Woon said at 3.10pm on June 15, Moody was driving his motorcycle along Nicholson Road in Piara Waters when he encountered a marked police car.
Mr Woon said the police car flashed its lights but the motorcycle accelerated away.
Moody pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a direction to stop, driving while disqualified and reckless driving at Armadale Magistrates Court last Tuesday.
His defence lawyer said the initial interaction with police lasted for just a few seconds, with the car’s lights turned on, then off. She said there were no other road users around and Polair had made comments that they could not ascertain Moody’s speed from their position.
She said the offence was on the lower end of the scale.
Magistrate Nicholas Lemmon said this could have been the case, but Moody also had a “terrible driving history”.
He went on to say the act was a brief but extremely dangerous thing to do, made worse by Moody’s previous two convictions for reckless driving, four for driving while disqualified, and two convictions over 10 years ago for stealing a motor vehicle, for which the man went to prison.
Mr Lemmon said imprisonment was the only option available to him, sentencing Moody to six months and one day in prison. His sentence was suspended for nine months.
Moody also received further licence disqualifications and a $5000 fine for failing to stop when directed by police.