AN ice addict who narrowly missed walkers while travelling up to 80km/h in an unroadworthy car has been jailed for six months.
Christopher Lee Alexander, 24, previously of Churchill Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to a large number of offences which involved five police briefs of evidence.
The offending also breached a community corrections order and a five-month suspended jail sentence imposed for smashing a hotel window and headbutting a bouncer.
Yesterday Alexander was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment with a minimum six months to serve.
He has already spent 42 days in custody.
Old briefs of evidence related to headbutting a motel worker in Abbotsford during January last year and causing damage. Alexander also attempted to steal cash from a car he broke into at a Cranbourne car park during December the previous year.
Police said that in June this year Alexander drove along Warrnambool’s Mahogany walking trial at between 60 and 80km/h, coming within 1.5 metres of cyclists and other people.
He became bogged and when police arrived they discovered Alexander was unlicensed and the vehicle unregistered and unroadworthy due to a lack of windows and headlights.
In June Alexander’s long-term partner took out an intervention order against him.
He stayed with his partner on numerous occasions, during which they argued and he damaged crockery, chairs and a security door.
On September 18 police twice attended at a Churchill Street address and arrested Alexander after he jumped a fence in an attempt to flee.
He has spent the past 42 days in custody.
On September 27 Alexander was in the Warrnambool police station cells when he hit and kicked a door and demanded lunch.
He verbally abused police, refused to cooperate, slapped a policeman. Capsicum spray was used to subdue him.
Defence counsel Jonathan Makary said his client’s current earliest release date from prison was in March next year and he still has to complete a number of in-custody programs.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the charges relating to offending in the police cells had to be considered in the context of overcrowding in the cells and issues associated with that environment.
He said an Office Of Corrections report indicated that Alexander had been going OK until he fell back into illicit drug use.
The magistrate said it was very sad that someone of Alexander’s intelligence was unable to stay out of trouble because of drugs.
Mr Klestadt said the chances of things working out for Alexander when he was using cannabis and ice were about the same as Melbourne winning next year’s AFL premiership — it wasn’t going to happen.