A Kirkstall man who didn’t have a licence when he fled from police at 150km/h has been released on bail.
Kevin Knowles, 47, of Atkins Street, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court, where he made a self-represented bail application.
Warrnambool police Senior Constable Nick Roberts said Mr Knowles had a long history of driving while suspended and was at risk of re-offending.
But Mr Knowles told the court that if bailed, he wouldn’t be able to drive because his car had been impounded. He was bailed until November 26 with the conditions he not drive or use drugs.
On September 22 police clocked a black Holden utility travelling at 70km/h on Warrnambool’s Wanstead Street - a signed 50km/h speed zone.
Senior Constable Roberts said Mr Knowles sighted police and sped off about 150km/h. He said police followed the accused, who pulled over and exited and re-entered the vehicle before speeding off again.
Then on October 5 police observed the same vehicle travelling on Warrnambool’s Lachlan Street.
Mr Knowles was identified by police and upon parking and exiting the vehicle, he was arrested and taken into custody.
Senior Constable Roberts said the accused later caused a commotion in the police cells - spitting on a glass window that an officer was standing behind, punching and kicking a door and stuffing a blanket down the toilet before continuously holding the flush button in an attempt to flood the cell.
At the time of the offending, the accused was on summons following an assault in Warrnambool on April 29 and breaching a personal safety order on June 26.
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