Mandurah court: man high on drugs led police chase through Halls Head

Mandurah court
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A MAN who led police on a high speed chase through suburban Halls Head was sentenced to 12-months in jail when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Andrew Jade Bennell reached speeds of 120km/h on McLarty Road and Peelwood Parade and drove over roundabouts on Casuarina Drive and Hibbertia Follow.

He had so much cannabis, methylamphetamine and amphetamines in his system, police said he was unable to control his body movements when he got out of the car.

Bennell appeared in court via video link from Hakea Prison and pleaded guilty to failed to comply with a direction to stop, driving while impaired by drugs, drove with prescribed illicit drug, two counts of no authority to drive, reckless driving, fraudulently used a number plate and unlicensed vehicle.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Bennell drove a car without a valid licence on Eacott Street on October 12. A subsequent blood test found he drove with cannabis, methylamphetamines and amphetamines in his system.

She said Bennell was driving a Honda motorcycle on Mary Street on October 31 and did not stop for police. Police had to disengage with the chase after Bennell almost lost control over two roundabouts, drove on the wrong side of the road and drove on a footpath. Bennell was later found trying to hid in dunes.

Bennell said a family member introduced him to methylamphetamine when he was just 16 years old. He had lost a leg and used drugs. Bennell said he had had a difficult upbringing but his mother had done her best raising seven children on her own.

“The jail lifestyle is taking its toll on me,” he told Magistrate Anne Longden.

Bennell is expecting a baby soon and he wants to be part of the baby’s life.

Bennell was also fined $800 and his licence was further disqualified.

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