‘Unfaithfulness’ to blame for crime
A MAN has blamed his partner’s pregnancy to another man as the reason why he stole his mother’s car and led police on a high-speed chase last year.
The chase came to an end when the car rolled three times on the Kwinana Freeway near the Karnup Road exit.
Appearing at Rockingham Magistrates Court via video link from Acacia Prison, Travis James David Hill pleaded guilty to failing to stop, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, having no authority to drive, reckless driving to escape pursuit, stealing a motor vehicle and driving recklessly.
The prosecutor said Hill was seen in a black Hyundai, which had earlier been reported stolen by his mother, in the carpark of the Baldivis Shopping Centre on August 19 last year.
Police saw him again on Nairn Drive where they tried to pull him over but Hill sped away and led police on a chase back through the carpark.
He sped through several streets before making it to Mandurah Road, reaching speeds of 140km/h. Passengers in the car threw items at the police car.
Police aborted the chase due to safety concerns but later saw the car on the freeway where it was swerving and overtaking cars using the emergency lane.
Hill tried to overtake two cars but lost control, swerving across two lanes of traffic before driving down an embankment and rolling three times.
A female passenger received, cuts, abrasions, soft tissue injuries, had a facial piercing ripped from her face and a dislocated shoulder.
Hill’s brother, who was in the car, was also injured.
The prosecutor asked for $3000 reparation for the female victim as she had no insurance.
The duty lawyer said the facts were accepted.
She said Hill was currently sentenced and due for release in April 2018 after breaching his parole. She said Hill had previously served a ninemonth term and was released on strict parole conditions.
Upon release, he discovered his partner had been unfaithful and was pregnant to another man, so he took drugs and then stole his mother’s car.
She said the 19-year-old had been in custody since August 21, 2017 and asked the Magistrate to consider his young age and early pleas.
She said his parents were greatly disappointed with him.
The prosecutor said it warranted prison as the injuries would have been significant for the victims.
“It was by sheer luck that they weren’t killed and to do it on the freeway where there are multiple cars, it could have been much worse,” she said.
Magistrate Vivian Edwards agreed.
“The car you stole was your mother’s and as the prosecutor said, it was only good luck noone was killed due to your driving,” she said.
She sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment and made him eligible for parole.
He was also disqualified from driving for four-and-a-half years.