Rockingham: prison sentence handed to man who stole truck so he could steal car

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A MAN who stole a truck so he could steal a car has been sent to prison.

Justin Alan Sherwood was sentenced to eight months in prison on 23 charges including stealing a motor vehicle, reckless driving to escape pursuit, possessing MDMA and methamphetamine, and possessing dangerous goods when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on March 12.

The prosecutor said a white tilt-tray truck was stolen from Global Constructions, Rockingham in the early hours of May 1, 2016.

It was driven to Kwinana Marketplace Shopping Centre where a Holden ute was selected, winched on to the back of the truck and taken away.

Sherwood told police he didn’t know the truck was stolen and he was “doing a repo job for a mate”.

Two weeks later police tried to stop Sherwood in Wellard before he sped away and led them on a 23-minute chase through Wellard, Casuarina, Oldbury and Mundijong at speeds of up to 180km/h.

He did 100km/h through a 50km/h zoned area, forcing other drivers to swerve out of the way as he drove at them on the wrong side of the road.

A stinger was used but failed before Sherwood lost control and ploughed through two fences on a Mundijong property.

He ran away but was arrested nearby.

Later police searches uncovered a box of fireworks, two ecstasy tablets, MDMA powder and methamphetamine in small quantities.

His lawyer sought the minimum term as Sherwood had been in custody since July 2016 and had showed remorse.

She said the 25-year-old had previously lived a pro-social, working life.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards sentenced him to eight months prison with parole and a further life ban from driving.

He was also fined $2000.

Sherwood had been sentenced to two years and nine months prison on March 8 for selling and supplying 16g of methamphetamine.

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