A MAN has avoided jail after driving recklessly in Greenwood to escape police who discovered he was carrying heroin, methamphetamine and used syringes.
Adrian Peter Rowley faced Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with reckless driving and drug possession.
He pleaded guilty to all charges, with Magistrate Tom Hall fining him $1500 and suspending his licence for 12 months.
He received a $500 fine for the two drug charges.
Mr Hall said Rowley was fortunate to have been charged with straight reckless driving rather than “reckless driving to escape police pursuit”, which carried a mandatory jail sentence.
“You put other road users at risk,” he said.
The police prosecutor told the court Rowley was pursued by officers while behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla on Cockman Road about 2.30pm on August 28 last year.
Police accused him of travelling in excess of 100km/h and driving onto the wrong side of the road during the chase.
The officers later found the car abandoned in a cul de sac before Rowley gave himself up.
The prosecutor said police found 100s of unused syringes and “several” used ones in the vehicle.
Duty lawyer Andrew Parker, representing Rowley, said the offender, who had a drug problem, drove recklessly because he panicked.
He said he drove onto the wrong side of the road because he was about to turn into his driveway but changed his mind.
While Rowley conceded he behaved irresponsibly, he disagreed he drove as fast as what police claimed.