A LONG-TIME wanted drug addict caught by police in dramatic scenes at west Warrnambool has been jailed for seven months.
Dominic Patrick Kelly, 38, of Allansford, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to a range of charges including reckless conduct endangering serious injury and multiple counts of unlicensed driving, driving an unregistered car and using stolen number plates.
Kelly has already spent 183 days in custody after being arrested in west Warrnambool on January 11 so will be due for release in about a month.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose took into account when sentencing that Kelly spent 149 days in custody last year on charges including armed robbery, aggravated burglary, intentionally causing injury and theft of a car that were ultimately withdrawn by police on January 30.
The alleged victim in that case had a stunning case of amnesia after being transported to court in a van with Kelly and another co-accused.
Police said that in relation to the existing charges, that at 2.30pm on January 11 police were conducting covert surveillance duties in Fitzroy Road.
A white Holden Commodore sedan driven by Kelly pulled up near Calder Court and officers were instructed to intercept the car.
Kelly was wanted by police after a family member withdrew a $5000 bail surety.
Unmarked police vehicles approached from different directions, Mr Kelly tried to escape by doing two U-turns but was blocked in.
He kept driving and attempted to ram or push one of the cars, causing significant damage to the front of a police car.
Mr Kelly’s car was pushed into a chain fence but he kept spinning his wheels in an attempt to flee before eventually giving himself up.
He was found with heroin, prescription medication and had a boxcutter clipped to his underwear.
Kelly, a father of five children, has had long-term issues with drug use, in particular heroin and ice.
His father died of a heart attack in May last year and Kelly’s house was also destroyed in a fire.
The magistrate said Kelly had 28 pages of prior court appearances, many for similar offending.
Ms Toose said only Kelly could change his lifestyle or he would just be back where he is now - in jail.