Prison time for man who took ocean dip after leading police on high speed chase through Rockingham

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A MAN who decided to cool off and take a dip in the ocean after a police pursuit has been sent to prison.

Robert Christopher Owen appeared via video link from Hakea prison at Rcokingham Magistrates Court last Friday , where he pleaded guilty to seven charges including assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault, breaching a community order, failing to stop, reckless driving and bail breaches of failing to appear at court.

Magistrate Vivian Edwards fined him $2900, sentenced him to 10 months prison and disqualified him from driving for two years and nine months.

The prosecutor said Owen was driving on Kent Street in Rockingham when police signalled with lights and sirens for him to stop.

He accelerated away at speeds of up to 110km/h in the 50km/h zoned Kent Street before making his way to a gravel bush track where police lost sight of him.

He parked the car in bush then ran back towards Kwinana Beach where he went for a swim before being arrested by police.

He told police he knew there was a warrant for his arrest and that was why he ran.

Owen did not have a driver’s licence and was on a 12 month Intensive Supervision Order for burglary at a display home in Wellard from 2016.

He had only reported for the order four times and only done one hour of his 80 hours of community service work.

He was also charged for two assaults from October 22, 2015.

Owen had earlier been at the Port Kennedy Tavern where was kicked out after he got into an argument with another patron.

The two victims, who were at the tavern for a pool competition, witnessed this incident but were not involved.

Later as the father and son were walking home Owen joined them.

Without warning, Owen struck the son to the face then picked up a pool cue the son was carrying and struck his body with it.

The father tried to intervene and he also struck with the pool cue.

The son received a 3cm cut under his eye, and bruising, while the father received abrasions and bruising.

The duty lawyer said the facts were accepted and Owen assaulted the father and son because the pool cue had hit him in the arm as they were walking along and he thought he was being assaulted.

He said he accepted the pool cue had slipped from the son’s hand and hit his arm accidentally.

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