Teen in car chase with police because of ‘stupidity’

A TEENAGER who led police on a car chase near Sandstone Point, south of the Sunshine Coast, has escaped serving jail time and won't be able to drive for two years.

Police spotted Brandon Leigh Weatherby, who was 17 at the time, behind the wheel of a car that was skidding along the road in the early hours of the morning.

He slowed down when he saw the police car but sped up when police started following him.

In the pursuit, which lasted 3.7km, the P-plater sped up to 120kmh in a 60kmh zone, Brisbane District Court heard on Friday.

Weatherby, now 18, pleaded guilty to three charges including aggravated dangerous operation of a vehicle and failing to stop.

Judge Julie Ryrie said police tried to stop Weatherby but they couldn't catch him. She said he also did not stop when police turned on their flashing lights.

At one point, when Weatherby slowed down to go around a roundabout, police managed to see the car's registration number and later went to his house.

While they were there, they spotted Weatherby coming around the corner but when he spotted police, he reversed quickly, mounting the footpath.

Police spoke to him the following night.

When Judge Ryrie asked Weatherby's defence lawyer why his client did not stop for police, Phillip Hardcastle said he wasn't drunk and that it was "straight out stupidity".

Mr Hardcastle also said Weatherby was quite embarrassed about the foolishness of it.

"You thought you were being clever Mr Weatherby, this is where it put you," Judge Ryrie said.

She said no one was hurt and that Mr Weatherby had a good work history and was about to start an apprenticeship.

He was sentenced to two years probation and a conviction was not recorded. He was also disqualified from driving for two years. - ARM NEWSDESK


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