A MAN with no licence who drove on the wrong side of a busy road and on a footpath has been jailed for a year.
David Mark Hare was sentenced to 12 months prison on August 8, backdated to June, following his arrest over a police pursuit, drug and stealing offences.
The 24-year-old Tuart Hill man pleaded guilty to all charges.
Police said officers spotted Hare driving a stolen Toyota LandCruiser in Tuart Hill at 9.45pm on June 20, with a female passenger on board.
They tried to stop him but he instead sped away, driving 80km/h down a laneway and on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic on Royal Street.
Police aborted the pursuit but later caught up to him near the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Main Street in Balcatta.
They said he again drove into oncoming traffic on Wanneroo Road and along the adjoining footpath, then over a grassed verge and into a cul-de-sac.
A police prosecutor told the court Hare “stopped centimetres short of crashing into a pedestrian bridge” and showed callous disregard for other road users.
He was arrested by police after fleeing the vehicle and during a search of the car they found stolen licence plates, 0.5g of cannabis and 1.2g of methamphetamine.
Hare was also charged with a series of bike thefts, including one worth $800 from the bike shelter at Stirling Station on March 29 and another valued at about $500 from Innaloo Shopping Centre a couple of days later.
Magistrate Mark Millington acknowledged Hare’s “long period” of substance abuse and his early guilty plea but said sentencing needed to act as a general deterrent.
He told Hare he was wasting the best years of life and said previous imprisonment had failed to keep him from offending.
Along with the prison term, Hare was fined about $3500 for the stealing, drug and unlawful possession charges.