A MAN has paid a high price for panicking when police attempted to pull him over in Orelia by leading them on a high speed chase.
Cody Jack McCoy appeared at Rockingham Magistrates on August 14 where he pleaded guilty to failing to stop, having no authority to drive, unlicensed vehicle and reckless driving to escape a pursuit by 45km/h.
Magistrate Vivian Edwards sentenced him to six months imprisonment.
The prosecutor said police recognised McCoy’s car driving along Thomas Road on June 9 about 9pm.
Putting on their lights and sirens, McCoy failed to stop and sped away.
Police gave chase and caught up with him at a speed of 140km/h before McCoy sped away again creating distance between the police car and his own.
A stinger was deployed on Gilmore Avenue where McCoy slowed down to 70km/h but still carried on through several streets before stopping and being caught by police.
He was taken to Kwinana Police Station where he made full admissions and was arrested.
His lawyer said McCoy accepted the facts and that it was a stupid decision.
“He knew he did not have a licence and the car was unlicensed so he wanted to give it to his brother,” she said.
She asked the Magistrate to take into account his young age (18), his co-operation with police and give the mandatory minimum sentence with parole.
Magistrate Edwards said luckily no other road users were involved.
“It was dangerous for other road users and it was fortunate no one had to take evasive action,” she said.
She sentenced him to six months immediate imprisonment, fined him $500 and suspended his licence for 2 years and three months.