Singleton: jail for man who took dream car on wild police chase

Singleton: jail for man who took dream car on wild police chase

A MAN who flew to WA from Queensland to buy his dream car has been jailed for nine months after taking it for a drive.

Joel Laurence Fenwick (18) appeared via video link from Hakea Prison at Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 1.

He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing cannabis, two of driving without a licence, two of reckless driving to avoid pursuit and two of using an unlicensed car.

The prosecutor said Fenwick was driving in Singleton, along Mandurah Road on July 4 at 11.50am when police pulled alongside him wanting him to pull over.

Instead Fenwick did a U-turn and sped away using the emergency lane, forcing other road users off the road.

He turned onto Singleton Beach Road where he went the wrong way through a roundabout before police aborted their pursuit at 12.05pm.

Shortly after, at 12.15pm, he sped past police again by driving onto a verge to go around them and back onto Mandurah Road.

Throughout the chase he reached speeds of 150km/h and his car, a maroon Nissan 300zx began smoking heavily before he turned into Crystaluna Drive where he lost the front wheel of his car.

He had earlier faced Mandurah Magistrates Court for driving without a licence on May 12.

His lawyer said his client was from Townsville in Queensland and that he had come to WA in late April to buy his dream car.

Fenwick had sped away because he had panicked and did not want to have his car impounded.

Magistrate Vivian Edwards said reckless driving carried mandatory prison terms.

“It was of such concern that people had to avoid collisions with you.

“It was a weekday and you placed other road users in danger along with your own life,” she said.

He was sentenced to nine months prison backdated to July 4 when he was taken into custody, fined $1000 and had his licence suspended for three years and six months.

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