Avoids jail over chase
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.