10 months jail for evading police
A KALGOORLIE man has been jailed after doing donuts at a Harvey Dam carpark before leading police on a chase through residential streets.
Bryce Graham Heard, 20, appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court via video link from Albany Regional Prison on Monday when he pleaded guilty to a string of charges.
The court was told, Heard was on a suspended jail term with supervision conditions which he had failed to obey when he committed the offences on August 3.
Police were called to the carpark after receiving reports of Heard doing burnouts.
As police arrived, Heard’s pas- senger was outside the car changing a tyre which had blown because of the behaviour.
Heard then backed away from police and drove off at speed, the court was told.
Heard ignored a stop sign and reached speeds up to 160kmh through Harvey before police aborted the pursuit.
Police arrested Heard the next day, when they also found him with drug paraphernalia and discovered he had scratched the car’s registration plate to make an ‘O’ look like a ‘C’.
Heard had also been driving with a suspended licence, having five outstanding fines.
Lawyer Michael Joubert said Heard’s early pleas of guilty demonstrated his remorse and he knew he had done a “very stupid thing”.
Magistrate Evan Shackleton said Heard had put the community at “significant” risk and a punishment had to act as a deterrent, which showed the behaviour “can’t be tolerated”.
Heard was sentenced to 10 months prison, fined $2900 and had his licence disqualified for four years and six months.