10 months jail for evad­ing po­lice

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Kate Field­ing

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.

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