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High-speed chase through heavy traffic near Howard

A BURRUM Town man who led police on a high speed chase through heavy traffic near Howard has been hit with a $6500 fine and banned from driving for at least three years.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard "sheer stupidity" caused Jacob Lee Halden to weave in and out of traffic, overtaking cars and crossing double white lines as he tried to evade police on the Old Bruce Hwy earlier this year.

Police had been attempting to pull over Halden but gave up after seeing the car speed past the busy Burrum River caravan park amid fears a pursuit would endanger the public.

He was stopped that evening after police recognised his car near the Torbanlea BP.

Halden pleaded guilty to driving without a licence, failing to stop and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Defence lawyer Justin Geldard said his client knew his Darwin licence was disqualified when he chose to drive.

He said Halden needed to get supplies for his seriously injured dog in town and had stopped at the bottle shop on his way home.

Describing Halden's decision to evade police as a "moment of madness", Mr Geldard said his client had already suffered for his "foolish behaviour" as he was unable to pay the impound storage fees for his car which already exceeded $3500.

He said along with the loss of car, Halden was on benefits and had limited capacity to pay a fine.

In sentencing, Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told Halden "you could have easily killed yourself or worse, someone else" and as the offending was too serious for probation but fell just short of a prison sentence, a fine was his only option.

He warned Halden he could end up in jail if he drove again.

Topics:  chase hervey bay magistrates court howard police



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