Man jailed over theft, car chase
A MAN who stole more than $47,000 in mobile phones just before Christmas and later led police on a dangerous car chase and drove on the wrong side of the road has been jailed.
Braeden Mitchell Carrington, 24, pleaded guilty to burglary, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving while unlicensed and unregistered.
Prosecutor Sam Hill told the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday Carrington was seen on CCTV footage breaking into a Virgin Mobile kiosk at Robina Town Centre.
Carrington stole 44 mobile phones from the drawer as well as $600 cash.
Two weeks later, about 1.20pm on January 2, police were alerted about a Holden Lantra being driven on the wrong side of Gilston Rd at Nerang.
Mr Hill said the car crashed in Peter Mills Dr but then kept going, despite significant damage to the front of the vehicle.
Defence lawyer Chris Hannay, of Hannay Lawyers, said Carrington was sexually abused when in prison in 2013 and as a result had suffered posttraumatic stress disorder.
Magistrate Ross Kilner said Carrington needed to pay his debt to society. Carrington was jailed for two years, with a parole release date of August 9.