Guilty plea following manhunt
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.