A MAN who drove a stolen Porsche at speeds of 150km without headlights on after midnight had been up for six days and was high on methamphetamine at the time.
Jamy Ryan Addison was jailed today after pleading guilty to aggravated fail to stop, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police, steal motor vehicle and no authority to drive.
The prosecutor said the offence happened on April 20 at 9.10pm when keys were stolen for a Porsche Cayenne from a Mosman Park address.
The Porsche was later involved in a chase when police spotted it in Leda at 12.15am.
Officers tried to stop the driver but he sped away through several suburbs including Medina, Orelia and Hope Valley.
He said the Porsche travelled on the wrong side of the road and travelled with the headlights off several times.
It was later found to be doing 150km in a 60km zone on Gilmore Avenue.
Police deployed a stinger, which took out three of the Porsche’s tyres, stopping the car before Addison was arrested.
He said Addison had no authority to drive and the Porsche was valued at $85,000.
The duty lawyer said it was a very high-end reckless act that carried a mandatory term of imprisonment.
He said the facts were accepted.
“He met up with some gentlemen and they all had consumed methamphetamine,” he said.
“He had been up for six days and was high on methamphetamine at the time of the pursuit.”
“He said there had been an issue with the headlights turning off and on by themselves.”
Magistrate Gregory Raymond Smith said it was irrelevant if they turned off by themselves or not – he was still driving without headlights.
The lawyer said Addison was very lucky it did not result in an accident and that it was his second time driving while suspended.
He said the 26-year-old had an extensive record and had been less than a month out of prison when the offence happened.
He said he had been using methamphetamine since the age of 14.
The prosecutor requested a lifetime driving ban.
“The driving was extremely risky not only to police and other road users but Addison himself, and he was fortunate the pursuit did not result in a fatal accident,” he said.
“There must be a significant period of imprisonment as a general deterrence to those who wish to engage in a police chase,” he said.
“It has to show the community how serious this higher end offence is.”
Magistrate Smith said Addison was not a teenager.
“At the age of 26 you already have a record 14 pages long with many serious offences including a previous reckless and many stolen cars,” he said.
“You have put your own life at risk, the police officers trying to stop you and others using the road at the time.”
He was sentenced to 18 months prison – backdated to April 20 for time already spent in custody – fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for four years and nine months.