Byford man (19) jailed for leading police on two pursuits in two days

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A 19-YEAR-OLD Byford man has been jailed for seven months for his involvement in two police pursuits in two days.

In the first he drove at more than 110km/h in a residential street and in the second his car spun out of control on Tonkin Highway.

The man faced Armadale Magistrates Court yesterday charged with offences committed in July.

On July 28, the man was pursued by a marked police vehicle on South Western Highway while he had two passengers in the car.

When the police vehicle turned on its lights and siren, he refused to stop, at times coming close to colliding with the police vehicle.

He drove down the wrong side of the road for 50m and drove at more than 110km/h down a residential street.

Neither the man nor the car was found that night.

He was arrested the next day following the second incident and taken to Mundijong Police Station where he made a full admission.

On July 29, he heading west on Tonkin Highway when he accelerated away from police, going double the speed limit before he lost control and spun 180 degrees.

The police prosecutor said the accused told police “he’d managed to lose one police car, so thought he could lose another”.

The roads were wet during both pursuits.

The man’s defence lawyer said he recognised he had set a bad example for the young people around him.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges, two of failing to comply with a direction to stop and two of escaping a police pursuit.

The magistrate sentenced the man to seven months in jail and fined him $5000.

His license was disqualified for two years.

The magistrate said he hoped the incidents would be just a blip in the young man’s life and he would slow down and change his behaviour.

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