A TOOWOOMBA man who deliberately drove a stolen car at a police vehicle after being told to stop has been handed a two-year jail term.
However, taking into account Aaron Trent Bidgood had already spent eight months in custody before sentence, Judge Deborah Richards ordered the 21-year-old be released forthwith on parole.
Bidgood had been seen by a police patrol in a stolen Mazda sedan on East St, Toowoomba, May 17, last year, Toowoomba District Court heard.
Police directed him to stop.
But Bidgood had driven directly at the police vehicle with the driver officer forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision, Crown prosecutor Caitlyn Thompson told the court.
Bidgood, who told the court he had never held a driver's licence, had been disqualified from obtaining a licence by the court at the time.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, failing to stop on police direction and disqualified driving arising from that incident and to failing to stop and disqualified driving on Healy St, Sth Toowoomba, on April 23, last year, as well as to disqualified driving on Old Logan Rd, Camira, a week earlier.
His barrister Isaac Munsie told the court his client admitted to having endured a long-standing drug problem having begun smoking ice at the tender age of 12.
However, since being diagnosed with a heart defect, his client had realised drug use was affecting his health.
His client planned to leave Toowoomba to get away from his peers and relocate to the Gold Coast, Mr Munsie said.
Judge Richards said relocating to the Gold Coast might not be in Bidgood's best interest.
But she agreed getting out of Toowoomba was probably a good idea.
Noting his 10 pages of criminal and traffic history, Judge Richards sentenced Bidgood to two years in jail.
But she declared the 251 days of pre-sentence custody as time served under the sentence and ordered Bidgood be released on parole immediately.
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