A YOUNG man who claimed he was taking the rap for someone else by admitting to being behind the wheel during a police chase, has been banned from driving for six years.
Along with the loss of licence, Dale Brian Foye will also have to perform 180 hours of community service for the night his car led police around Pialba and failed to stop on three separate occasions.
The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard police were patrolling Hervey Bay Maryborough Rd at Eli Waters when they saw a white ute turning from Pialba Burrum Heads Rd.
Lights and sirens were activated but the vehicle, which had turned down Old Maryborough Rd, "accelerated hard".
Later, police found the ute at Hythe St, where it made a "sharp turn" down Winchelsea St and disappeared.
The vehicle was then seen at Worthing St but again sped off.
Foye, 20, pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to stop.
Defence lawyer John Milburn told the court his client claimed not to be the driver but when police went to his home that night, he refused to give them another name.
He said Foye had already suffered the loss of his apprenticeship as a result of the charges.
Foye was also fined $500 for causing the ute to make unnecessary noise.
Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell, who under the legislation was bound to disqualify Foye for two years per charge, said it was a "hard lesson" to learn but warned him not to drive or "his problems would only just be beginning".
He suggested Foye, who the court heard lives at Howard and has no other transport, apply to the court for a licence in about three years.