Neerdie driver cries as he is jailed for evading police
TEARS and a plea that he had changed his life were no help for a Neerdie driver jailed in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.
"We've got to stop people dying on the roads in police chases," magistrate Chris Callaghan told Darcy James Prince, after Prince pleaded guilty to failing to stop when required by police on July 18 last year.
Mr Callaghan told Prince the penalty for evading police was a mandatory 50 penalty units (at the current rate of $130.55 for each penalty unit), making a total fine of $6527.50.
The alternative was 50 days actual imprisonment.
Prince also pleaded guilty to failing to attend Gympie police station to provide identification details on October 5.
Police told the court officers on patrol in Old Maryborough Rd noticed the silver Ford sedan Prince was driving at 12.03am.
Police noted an evasion offence when Prince failed to stop in response to the police vehicle's flashing lights and sent an evasion notice to the car's owner.
But Prince, an ex-boyfriend of the owner, was the one at the wheel.
The car's owner provided police with a statutory declaration that this was the case, police told the court.
Prince continually interrupted Mr Callaghan's sentencing remarks, even when the magistrate said he had previously ruled that community based orders were available to the courts in cases involving the option of imprisonment.
"You committed the offence while on parole," Mr Callaghan said.
"This is not a discussion," Mr Callaghan told Prince as Prince continued to interrupt and talk over the magistrate during sentencing remarks.
"Your criminal history back to 2013 now runs to seven pages at least and you've been imprisoned for short periods on occasion.
"You kept driving after being given a (police) direction to stop.
"You committed this offence while on parole.
"You say you've changed your life," Mr Callaghan said, as Prince, in tears, continued to interrupt.
Mr Callaghan sentenced Prince to the 50-day mandatory sentence and disqualified him from driving for two years.
"Can I wear a bracelet?" Prince asked, apparently referring to surveillance devices which some offenders and parolees are required to wear.
But Mr Callaghan said Prince would not be eligible for parole until the last day of his mandatory minimum sentence.