Harrisdale man given suspended prison term for leading police on high speed chase

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A HARRISDALE man has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence for leading police on a mid-afternoon, high speed chase through Piara Waters and Harrisdale.

The man drove erratically on the wrong side of Nicholson Road at speed, then through bushland, until he was tracked by police helicopter through Harrisdale to his home.

Police prosecutor Woon said at 3.10pm on June 15, the accused was driving his motorcycle along Nicholson Road in Piara Waters when he encountered a marked police car.

Mr Woon said the police car flashed its lights, but the accused accelerated away.

He was arrested at his home.

The man pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a direction to stop, driving while disqualified and reckless driving at Armadale Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The man’s defence lawyer said the initial interaction with police lasted for just a few seconds, with the car’s lights turned on then off.

She said there were no other road users around, and said Polair had made comments they could not ascertain the man’s speed from their position.

She said the offence was on the lower end of the scale.

Magistrate Nicholas Lemmon said this could have been the case, but the accused also had a “terrible driving history”.

He went on to say the act was a brief but extremely dangerous thing to do, and made worse by the man’s previous two convictions for reckless driving, four for driving while disqualified, and two convictions over 10 years ago for stealing a motor vehicle, which the man went to prison for.

Magistrate Lemmon said imprisonment was the only option available to him, sentencing the man to six months and one day in prison.

His sentence was suspended for nine months.

The man also received further license disqualifications and a $5000 fine for failing to stop when directed by police.

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