In pursuit: 7 Coast drivers who tried to outrun the law
From a “clown on a moped” who made it only 100m to a man who led dozens of officers on a high speed chase across the Coast, here are seven people who tried to outrun the law.
‘Disgraced’ dad jailed for high on ice police chase
A father who led police on a wild chase across the Coast was armed and high on ice.
Gary Anthony Barker, then 38, was jailed for more than three years in June last year, after pleading guilty to 10 charges including dangerously operating a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.
Maroochydore District Court heard Barker was spooked by a police car while he was pulling out of a shopping centre carpark at Caloundra in a stolen car, in August 2019.
He was on parole at the time.
Tyre spikes were deployed by police as Barker led officers on a 22km chase to Currimundi.
He drove through seven red traffic lights, exceeded speeds of 100km/h in residential areas and damaged four other cars as he sideswiped them.
“For the most part, he drove in the middle of the dual carriage way on Kawana Way in heavy traffic conditions, forcing other motorists to take evasive action,” crown prosecutor Will Slack said.
“He further drove the wrong way around the roundabout and drove above 100km/h past the Kawana Police Station.
“Another tyre deflation device was deployed and police were able to box the defendant in with their police cars so that he stopped in Nicklin Way.”
Police searched the car and found a shortened rifle, ammunition, 5g of marijuana and diazepam tablets.
A blood test revealed Barker had methamphetamine in his system as well as benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine.
Barker was jailed for three years and three months which was the head sentence for dangerously operating a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.
He will be eligible for parole on June 19.
‘Don’t give a rats’: Dad jailed for repeat dangerous driving
A drug addicted father who stopped at nothing to avoid police in high-speed pursuits was jailed in September.
Justin Zachariah Djordjevic will be behind bars until later this year and off the road for five years for two high-speed police pursuits.
“(During one pursuit) you sped away and then slammed on your brakes,” magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.
“And then you did the whole 180 degree around the roundabout accelerating so hard and then braking again that you almost collided with the car waiting to turn right.”
The court heard Djordjevic then mounted the kerb and continued accelerating, where police stopped their pursuit.
On another occasion Djordjevic evaded police again by accelerating at speed and crossing the wrong side of the road to overtake another car.
Djordjevic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to 24 charges, including dangerous operation of a vehicle and evasion.
Defence lawyer Anna Smith said the dangerous driving wasn’t for a criminal purpose, but because Djordjevic would panic when he saw police.
Ms Baldwin sentenced Djordjevic to two-and-half-years jail, with a parole eligibility on July 30 and was disqualified from driving for five years.
Dad pays $6K to avoid jail for bold escape
A new father who boldly drove around a police car trying to stop him copped a $6000 fine and avoided jail.
Ryan Alexander Moss, 27, pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court in November to evading police, driving without due care and attention and driving an unregistered and uninsured car.
Police prosecutor Stuart Lydford told the court police approached a vehicle driven by Moss with their lights on in Mooloolaba on July 19 before he drove away at speed towards Caloundra.
Moss later told police he had made the wrong decision when evading them and drove without due care and attention as he was in a rush.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist fined Moss $6700 for the three offences and disqualified him from driving for two years.
A conviction was not recorded on the evasion offence
“Every hoon out there and criminal with something to hide, something in their car (or a) licence problem know that police won’t chase,” Mr Stjernqvist said.
“So unfortunately there are too any people putting the pedal to the metal and that’s why, it’s a deterrence aspect.
“If there is lights and sirens, stop.”
A driver who did burnouts in front of police and then led them on a high-speed chase narrowly avoided jail time in September last year.
Caloundra Magistrates Court heard police on patrol near Caloundra Hungry Jack’s attempted to pull over Corey Joseph Teske for driving an unregistered car.
The court heard when police were walking towards Teske, then aged 41, they heard his engine rev loudly before he sped off, screeching his tyres as he did a fish tail burnout.
The court heard police drove after Teske who did another burn out, increased his speed and swerved carelessly around other road users, showing no intention of stopping.
Police then stopped their pursuit and Teske turned himself into Beerwah station in May last year.
He said he sped off because he panicked.
Teske pleaded guilty to five charges including evasion and unlicensed driving and the court heard he was remorseful.
Magistrate Stephen Courtney fined Teske $7672.50 and he was disqualified from driving for two years.
Driver back behind bars after dangerously close calls
A young driver was jailed after he narrowly avoided hitting a pedestrian and a car as he sped from police in a stolen vehicle.
In August 2019 Brock John Casey, then aged 20, fronted Maroochydore Magistrates Court from custody to be sentenced on two sets of nearly-identical charges related separate police chases.
At the time of both, Casey was on parole for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after he pinned a person between two cars.
For this, he served 11 months of a 16-month jail sentence.
The court viewed footage which depicted Casey fleeing an unmarked police car up Hospital Rd, past the Nambour Hospital.
When he reached a red light at the intersection of Hospital Rd and Blackall Terrace, Casey crossed onto the wrong side of the road and turned right.
Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said it was pure luck Casey did not hit a car travelling through a green light and a pedestrian filmed on the road.
Casey was charged for evading police again when he later drew attention to himself in a stolen rental vehicle.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and two counts each of evading police, driving disqualified, displaying false registration plates and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He was ordered to serve the remainder of his previous jail term, given he had breached parole, and sentenced to a further one-year jail with parole eligibility on November 30, 2019.
Bruce Hwy chase driver ‘hadn’t slept for a week’
A Coast man said he hadn’t slept or eaten for a week when he led police, including PolAir, on a high-speed chase down the Bruce Highway.
Steven Gregory Petersen was on parole for two armed robberies when he evaded police twice while driving in Brisbane last February.
Peterson put numerous community members in danger during the 25 minutes that he drove down the Bruce Highway at up to 180 km/h.
Polair footage of the incident showed Petersen driving at high speed between two cars that were side-by-side on the highway.
He was finally stopped 25 minutes later after police deployed stingers.
Police prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris said Peterson was clearly under the influence of drugs and stated to police he had not eaten or slept for days.
Peterson, then aged 41, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court in August to eight charges including two counts of evasion as a driver of a motor vehicle failing to stop, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving under the influence, obstructing police and possessing dangerous drugs.
“You’re incredibly lucky you didn’t kill somebody,” magistrate Rod Madsen said.
He sentenced Petersen to 10 months in jail for the “horrendous driving behaviour”.
He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and was given an immediate parole eligibility date.
Man caught with rifle, knife heading to servo
Ross Williams, then-37, pleaded guilty in July to 21 charges including drug driving, evading police and possessing a rifle and knives.
Police prosecutor Stu Lydford told the Maroochydore Magistrates Court that Williams dangerously drove a moped with a passenger on Coolum Beach Esplanade in October 2019.
The court heard Williams evaded police for more than 100m before they caught up to him.
“ … two clowns on a moped were never going to get far,” Sergeant Lydford said.
The court heard that after being intercepted by police, Williams tested positive in a roadside drug test and was found to have methamphetamine.
Sgt Lydford said Williams was also caught on April 8 last year with a rifle and a knife while on a pushbike and was found with methamphetamine.
“It is a little bit concerning that in the wee hours of the morning he’s riding his push bike to a service station with a rifle,” he said.
Magistrate Rod Madsen jailed Williams for six months but immediately released him on parole.
Williams was fined $6672.50 for evading police and disqualified from driving for two years and four months