Guilty plea fol­low­ing man­hunt

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

A MAN who trig­gered a largescale man­hunt with a po­lice he­li­copter, al­legedly spending 12 days at large af­ter flee­ing cus­tody, has pleaded guilty to re­sist­ing and evad­ing of­fi­cers.

Jake Mark Pearce, 21, ap­peared in the Ho­bart Mag­is­trates Court via video link from Risdon Prison yes­ter­day af­ter al­legedly es­cap­ing while get­ting blood tests at the Royal Ho­bart Hos­pi­tal on Au­gust 31.

He al­legedly fled from the hos­pi­tal and wasn’t lo­cated un­til Septem­ber 12 at a Risdon Vale house, where a gun was also found.

Mr Pearce pleaded guilty to breach­ing bail, driv­ing with­out a li­cence, pos­sess­ing opened or un­sealed liquor in a pub­lic street, re­sist­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and evad­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

He pleaded not guilty to driv­ing with an il­licit drug in his oral fluid and breach­ing his bail and bail con­di­tions.

Mr Pearce hasn’t yet en­tered a plea to ag­gra­vated bur­glary, steal­ing, steal­ing a firearm or a firearm part, and pos­sess­ing a firearm with­out a li­cence.

The matter was ad­journed to De­cem­ber 19.

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