A WARRNAMBOOL man who was involved in a high-speed police chase after drinking home brew and arguing with his partner has been placed on a community corrections order.
Aidan Rodda, 26, of Gay Street, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to unlawful assault, drink-driving, driving at a dangerous speed and using an unroadworthy vehicle.
He was convicted, placed on a 12-month community corrections order with conditions he complete 75 hours’ unpaid community work and undertake assessment and treatment for alcohol and drug issues.
Rodda was also fined $900 with $110.40 costs and his driver’s licence was cancelled for 26 months.
Police told the court that at about 11pm on January 29 Rodda was in the backyard of his home with his partner and a neighbour after he had lit a fire in a drum.
He had been drinking home-brew alcohol since 8pm when he argued with his partner about the possibility of waking up their children.
Rodda grabbed the woman by the shoulder and pushed her aside, which left her shocked. He then jumped in his car and left.
Very early the next morning police saw a car similar to Rodda’s heading west along Wollaston Road and although they reached 142km/h they failed to make ground on the vehicle.
Rodda then turned south on Caramut Road, west on Coghlans Road and south on Rooneys Road before attempting to cross Raglan Parade, where he was intercepted by another police vehicle.
Police officers found Rodda’s vehicle had bald rear tyres and a cracked windscreen. Rodda recorded an alcohol reading of .133.
He told police he had left his home to avoid an argument.
Defence counsel Matt Senia said his client’s driving behaviour was extremely dangerous and Rodda had been suffering depression.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said a psychological report indicated that Rodda had been labouring under mental pressure and stress at the time of the offending which had led to his abuse of alcohol and other illicit drugs.
He said Rodda had repaired his relationship with his partner but she was entitled to feel safe and Rodda had no excuse for using violence against her.