Suspended jail sentence follows Moruya car chase

A Moruyaman who led police on a car chase in August was handed an 18-month suspended jail sentence when he appeared in Moruya Local Court this month.

Anthony Craig Pittman, 34, of Costin Street, pleaded guilty to driving recklessly and speeding and driving a motor vehicle with a suspended licence.

Police facts tendered to the court on October 10 stated officers saw Pittman driving out of Woodbridge Avenue, Moruya, at 10.05pm, August 16.

Police said they followed him into Bergalia Street intending to stop him for a random breath test.

While in a 50km/h zone, Pittman accelerated to an estimated speed of 100km/h after going through the intersection of Bergalia and Francis Street.

He turned left onto the Princes Highway where he again accelerated and drove over the roundabout at the intersection of South Head Road.

The police pursued him until he spun his car 270 degrees at the roundabout at the intersection of Vulcan and Campbell Streets.

He got out of the car and ran, but police said he was found crouching in a garden bed.

Before arresting Pittman, police asked him why he didn’t stop for them, and he replied “because I don’t have a licence”.

He had been driving while his licence had been suspended from July 30 to October 29 for being an unaccompanied learner driver.

The court heard Pittman had a poor driving record, but other than these matters, had not offended since 2008.

“Your record has come back to haunt you,” Magistrate Doug Dick said.

“I need to protect other road users.”

Pittman was convicted on both charges, fined a total of $1500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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