One year in jail for cop car ram­mer

The Chronicle - - News - PE­TER HARD­WICK pe­ter.hard­[email protected]­i­cle.com.au

A CAM­BOOYA man who re­versed his car into a po­lice ve­hi­cle in Toowoomba’s CBD when po­lice tried to stop him has been jailed.

Sloan Thor Nor­ton Heaford had been stopped by po­lice at the cor­ner of Mar­garet and Neil Sts on the af­ter­noon of Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, with a po­lice car ma­noeu­vring in front of his to block him.

How­ever, the 26-year-old re­versed his car into the po­lice car be­hind, caus­ing $9458 dam­age, be­fore mount­ing a me­dian strip and speed­ing off through a red light, Toowoomba Mag­is­trates Court heard.

He was later that day found by po­lice and spent the en­su­ing 38 days in cus­tody be­fore his sen­tence in court yes­ter­day.

He pleaded guilty to a to­tal 26 charges in­clud­ing dan­ger­ous driv­ing, fail­ing to stop on po­lice di­rec­tion, pos­ses­sion of dan­ger­ous drugs and traf­fic of­fences aris­ing from that in­ci­dent as well as to non-re­lated charges of pass­ing two coun­ter­feit $50 notes, steal­ing fuel, re­ceiv­ing a bankcard with which he com­mit­ted a num­ber of fraud of­fences and a range of other mat­ters.

His so­lic­i­tor Brad Skuse said his client had a drug ad­dic­tion which had led to his of­fend­ing.

Mag­is­trate Vi­viana Kee­gan said “that’s what drug ad­dic­tion does, you spi­ral out of con­trol”.

How­ever, Ms Kee­gan noted Heaford’s mother was in court sup­port­ing him and had of­fered him a job and fam­ily sta­bil­ity upon his re­lease from pri­son where­upon he in­tended to em­bark on drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Ms Kee­gan said the of­fend­ing was very se­ri­ous with “sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial risk to the pub­lic”.

“It is just by luck that no-one was hurt,” she said.

Ms Kee­gan took into ac­count the 38 days Heaford had spent in cus­tody and sen­tenced him to 12 months in jail but or­dered he be re­leased on pa­role on Fe­bru­ary 7 next year af­ter hav­ing served an­other two months.

Heaford was dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing or ob­tain­ing a driver’s li­cence for two years.

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