GPS tracked stolen taxi
WHEN Judd Hudson stole a taxi in East Mackay he didn't realise there was a GPS in the vehicle and that police could track his every movement.
The modern technology resulted in police catching the 23-year-old former Nebo resident within minutes.
Hudson stole the taxi after threatening the driver with a screwdriver at Binnington Esp about 5.40am on June 25, 2010.
He had been out drinking at nightclubs and he later told police he wanted to go for a drive.
Police said he took the taxi from the CBD to East Mackay, pulled out a screwdriver and ordered the driver out of the vehicle.
The taxi driver was not injured. However, he activated a distress alarm and more than two dozen pictures of Hudson were taken by the security camera in the vehicle.
Police were notified of the movements of the stolen taxi and Hudson was seen driving it in Gregory St. He was pulled over in South Mackay and officers found a screwdriver in his pocket.
A roadside breath test showed he had a blood alcohol reading of 0.053%. And a check of his driver's licence revealed he was a disqualified driver.
Hudson was originally charged with armed robbery and other offences. It took almost 18 months to get the case to court because his lawyers argued that Hudson was facing the wrong charges.
The armed robbery charge was eventually dropped last week and Hudson pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay to unlawfully using a motor vehicle and threatening violence.
He then pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrate's Court on Friday to drink-driving and driving while disqualified.
He was jailed for two years, to be released on parole immediately, and was disqualified from driving for two years and three months.
The courts heard that Hudson now lives in south-east Queensland and that he came to Mackay to finalise the charges against him.