Police deploy road spikes to stop stolen car during chase

ROAD spikes were used to stop a motorist who tried to evade police in a stolen car.

The driver, Grady Michael Rhodes, appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court via prison video link to plead guilty to a string of offences including unauthorised use of a motor vehicle, stealing and failing to stop.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve De Lissa said police had sighted Rhodes behind the wheel of a stolen Honda Civic in Bundamba on November 12 at 11.45pm.

The car had been stolen from outside a pub in Goodna about two weeks earlier.

Sgt De Lissa said police activated their lights and sirens in a bid to get him to stop, but he sped away instead.

The stolen car was spotted again about an hour later in Eastern Heights.

Police pursued the vehicle at high speed onto the Centenary Hwy in Ripley.

The Holden was eventually stopped when officers deployed road spikes and Rhodes was arrested.

Defence lawyer Tom Gardner said Rhodes, 20, had had a "troubled" upbringing.

Mr Gardner said Rhode's father went to jail when his client was 13 years old. His mother was also taken into custody three years later.

"Rhodes' background speaks of someone who never had a role model and got into these types of offences as a consequence," Mr Gardner said.

"He is still relatively young though and is in a position to turn a corner and start being a productive member of society."

However, Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said just because Rhodes had a difficult upbringing it did not give him "liberty and licence to simply run amuck".

"Some people have horrific upbringings but they manage to avoid committing criminal offences," Mr Cosgrove said.

"The fact you got off to a bad start in life does not mean you cannot turn a corner though."

Rhodes was sentenced to nine months in prison, with parole eligibility after three months, and banned from driving for two years.

 


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