Man jailed over theft, car chase

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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