AN 18-YEAR-OLD who led police on a chase in Orelia has been sent to prison.
In sentencing Joseph Ryder to two six-month and one-day prison terms to be served concurrently, Magistrate Andrew Maughan told him: “You put your welfare but, more importantly, others at risk.”
Ryder was also disqualified from driving for two years and fined $1350.
He pleaded guilty at Rockingham Magistrates Court on May 27 to failing to stop, reckless driving to escape pursuit, having no authority to drive and possessing a glass pipe with methamphetamine on it.
The prosecutor told the magistrate that the chase began on May 12 at 11.57pm after a Toyota RAV 4 was stolen from Orelia.
During the chase, the stolen vehicle reached speeds of 120km/h while travelling on the wrong side of Gilmore Avenue.
During the chase, Ryder drove into oncoming traffic and other drivers were forced to brake heavily or swerve out of the way.
A police stinger was used eventually to stop Ryder on Wellard Road.
The Magistrates Court also heard that Ryder was subject to a police order at the time of the incident.