Rockingham: jail for man who led police on wild bike pursuit

A MAN who sped alongside a locomotive train while being chased by police has been sent to prison.

Joshua Matthew Graham-Zegulewski appeared in custody at Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 10.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop for police, no authority to drive, possessing prohibited weapon, possessing stolen property and reckless driving to escape police pursuit.

The prosecutor said Graham-Zegulewski sped past on a motorbike on Millar Road at 12.15am on January 14.

Police did a u-turn and activated lights and sirens but Graham-Zegulewski sped away through several streets, at times on the wrong side of the road and on pedestrian footpaths.

In an attempt to lose police, he turned into bushland at Baldivis Road, did a u-turn and sped to Wellard Road, where he again entered bushland and sped alongside a locomotive train running parallel to Wellard Road.

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Police aborted the chase but observed him travel 1.5km along Millar Road to where it is blocked off.

There he drove into sand and tried to do a u-turn but became bogged and police caught him at the scene.

Police said the bike had been stolen during a burglary from a Secret Harbour address.

The bike forks had the VIN number removed and Graham-Zegulewski also had a flick knife in his pocket.

His lawyer said the facts were accepted and despite these charges, his client had abstained from meth-|amphetamine and had been doing well.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said he could have caused untold pain to the train driver in the event of an accident.

She fined him $300 and made an order for destruction for the knife, sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment with parole and disqualified him from driving for two years and nine months.