Man evades police four times in trip from Brisbane to Bay
A MAN was accused of "stupidity" after he failed to stop for police four times between Brisbane and Hervey Bay during a high-speed incident, a court heard.
Benjamin Robert Mills was also accused of evading police on another occasion in Susan River before crashing his car at Nikenbah.
Mills, 36, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to five counts of failing to stop, driving on a suspended licence and drug possession.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Bushell said on December 7 last year police tried to stop Mills after he was seen travelling at 113kmh in a 100kmh zone near Susan River.
He said Mills did not stop but instead sped up to at least 160kmh and continued towards Hervey Bay.
His car was found by police crashed into a pole near Nikenbah.
Sgt Bushell said on January 29 police on Kingsford Smith Dr in Eagle Farm, Brisbane attempted to stop Mills about 10.15pm.
Instead Mills sped away, jumping the curb at a traffic light and hitting a light post before getting on the Gateway Mwy.
Mills' car was seen an hour later by police at Beerwah who also tried to stop the vehicle but abandoned attempts due to the erratic driving.
Police in Maryborough then saw the car just hours later on Saltwater Ck Rd and attempted to stop Mills who refused and police gave chase until abandoning the pursuit in Dundathu.
Just 10 minutes later, Mills was seen driving his car on Elizabeth St in Urangan and again avoided police.
"This is an act of stupidity by the defendant to put at risk members of the community," Sgt Bushell said.
Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said Mills had been going through a difficult time since the death of his father in 2013.
She said Mills had not stopped for police on the first occasion as he had drugs in the car.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell adjourned the matter to Friday to give himself time to consider the facts.