Framlingham ice user jailed for stolen bank card spend-up

A FRAMLINGHAM ice user who went on a spending spree with a stolen bank card has been jailed for four months.

Jason Lee Clark, 37, of Warrumyea Road, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to fraudulently using the bank card and breaching two corrections orders.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said Clark had an entrenched history of committing offices when under the influence of substances, which caused problems for people around him.

He said Clark had suffered difficulties in his life recently including the deaths of a number of family members.

Clark was jailed for a total of four months with 48 days counted as already served. 

He was also convicted and fined $1000 and ordered to pay $775 compensation.

Police said that overnight on December 13 last year Clark located a Citybank MasterCard and used it eight times the next day to buy goods valued at $775 from Coles, Woolworths, an IGA supermarket and retail outlets including Kmart, hotels and sports stores.

The goods included newspapers, milk, fruit juice, an Optus recharge card, clothes, a couple of pairs of sneakers, soft drink and a large amount of alcohol, including pre-mix drinks and bottles of Wild Turkey and Jack Daniels.

On December 18 police attempted to intercept a blue hatchback in Derby Street, Warrnambool, but Clark pulled over and ran away before he could be arrested.

On January 8 when police went to a home in Saltau Street, Clark ran out through a rear laundry door with two plastic bags which he threw over a fence. 

He was arrested but resisted officers and was handcuffed and placed in the back of a divisional van.

Police found a bag containing 3.3 grams of methamphetamine in a search as well as goods Clark had bought with the bank card, a syringe and other drug paraphernalia.

While coming down from using ice in custody, Clark used a T-shirt to block a drain in the Warrnambool police station cells, which flooded an area and caused a lockdown of the station.

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