Avoids jail over chase

Teen driver


AN “id­i­otic” med­i­cal stu­dent who took po­lice on a chase through two in­ner-Dar­win sub­urbs be­fore he crashed into a fence has been sup­ported in court by his fam­ily.

Alexan­der Chris­tos Clean­t­hous, 18, pleaded guilty to driv­ing un­li­censed, driv­ing at more than 100kmh in an 80kmh zone and a 60km/h zone, and fail­ing to obey po­lice di­rec­tion to stop when he faced Dar­win Lo­cal Court.

His lawyer Peter Maley said: “My client’s fam­ily is very con­cerned about him.”

Judge Alan Wood­cock said: “I’m very con­cerned about the danger­ous and un­ac­cept­able driv­ing by this id­i­otic young man.” Po­lice tried to pull over Clean­t­hous af­ter they de­tected his Toy­ota Hilux do­ing 107kmh on Bagot Rd, Lud­milla. He was also de­tected trav­el­ling at 104km/h in a 60km/h zone. He wove through the streets and into Parap — which was busy with pedes­tri­ans. Po­lice ac­ti­vated their lights but Clean­t­hous ac­cel­er­ated away.

He lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and ploughed his ute into a fence at MacKil­lop St, Parap, where the cops caught up and ar­rested him.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sarah Day said Clean­t­hous told po­lice he took them on the chase be­cause he had “freaked out and didn’t want to dis­ap­point his par­ents”.

His li­cence had been sus­pended due to de­mer­its.

Mr Maley said: “My client apol­o­gised to the owner of the fence and paid for it to be fixed.”

Clean­t­hous was con­victed, fined $1600, and banned from the road for a year.

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