A man accused of running motorists off the road between Camperdown and Cudgee was driving a car with personalised plates 'CR4ZY', a court has heard.
Zach Smith, 31, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday charged with 20 offences, including four counts of reckless conduct endangering life and two counts of failing to stop when requested by police.
Mr Smith initially applied for bail but that application was later vacated and he was remanded in custody until March 15.
The court heard Mr Smith suffered paranoid schizophrenia and was likely withdrawing from methamphetamine.
The court heard police received a number of reports of an erratic driver between Camperdown and Cudgee, east of Warrnambool, for about an hour from 5pm Friday.
A blue Holden Commodore sedan with personalised number plates CR4ZY (CRAZY) was allegedly observed crossing a solid white line on the Princes Highway before overtaking six cars at once, causing vehicles to swerve off the road to avoid a collision.
Police allege the same vehicle was seen travelling at a fast rate of speed on Camperdown's Manifold Street at 5.16pm.
Officers attempted to intercept the vehicle, which accelerated at a fast rate of speed towards Terang and the pursuit was abandoned.
A short time later the vehicle was allegedly clocked at 130km/h in a 50km/h zone at Terang.
Then at 5.44pm, Warrnambool police members attempted to intercept the vehicle by placing a tire-deflation device on the road at Panmure.
But the device was moved by a gust of wind before becoming stuck in a different vehicle, causing Mr Smith to drive around it.
The vehicle was then sighted on a stretch of the highway between Panmure and Allansford at 5.50pm. Police allege the vehicle was driving erratically on the wrong side of the road, causing an oncoming witness to swerve to avoid a collision.
The court heard the vehicle was last seen near Warrnambool's Gateway Plaza, tailgating and swerving in and out of traffic at 5.53pm.
Police contacted the registered owner of the blue sedan who nominated Mr Smith as the driver.
The court heard police later sighted a second vehicle, a silver Ford Falcon sedan, driving erratically along the Princes Highway in Port Fairy about 10pm.
The vehicle drove onto the wrong side of the road before police attempted to intercept it without success.
The sedan allegedly accelerated away from police at 140km/h, travelled on the wrong side of the road and then overtook a V/Line bus exiting Bank Street.
Mr Smith was allegedly located hiding underneath a house in Casterton on Saturday after leading police on a 30-minute foot pursuit about 4am.
The silver sedan was located at property.
Mr Smith was arrested and conveyed to Warrnambool police station where he was deemed unsuitable for interview by a forensic doctor who believed he was heavily drug affected.
Mr Smith allegedly told a bail justice he could not remember why he was in custody and that he didn't believe he had done anything wrong.
Lawyer Kerry Schroeder said there were a lot of questions about the police case, which she said was weak because there were no witness statements before the court.
She said the registered owner of the blue sedan told police that Mr Smith rang her and asked to borrow her car.
But the lawyer said Mr Smith could not have made that call because he was in a course studying a certificate in civil construction.
The court heard Mr Smith was already facing unrelated charges of unlicensed driving, speeding, failing to stop at a red light and failing to stop on police request.
He is also wanted on two warrants from Queensland and one from South Australia.
Those warrants relate to charges of possessing a drug of dependence, assault, wilful damage, breaching bail, reckless cause to another, eight counts of trespassing and two counts of obstructing police.
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