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After alleged ice-fuelled car chase, man denied bail

A BUNDAMBA man who led police on an early morning chase on the wrong side of the road while allegedly high on ice has been refused bail.

Four police officers flanked Matthew James MacLure, 27, when he appeared on Thursday in Ipswich Magistrates Court where he made his bid for freedom.

Police alleged about midnight on Thursday police indicated for MacLure, who was driving on the Warrego Hwy at Brassall, to stop.

MacLure continued driving and crossed on to the incorrect side of the road for about 1.8km before exiting the highway onto Bramers Rd where the vehicle was abandoned.

A police dog tracked MacLure and a woman through thick bushland to a nearby paddock where they were arrested.

A Redbank Plains woman, 20, sustained a dog bite during her arrest.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick told the court it was one of the most nefarious bail applications the court would ever likely hear.

He said MacLure was charged with nine serious offences and had an appalling criminal and traffic history.

Those offences include dangerous operation, driving under the influence of a drug, possession of a weapon and other driving-related offences.

"This is one of the strongest examples of being an unacceptable risk of reoffending the court is ever likely to see," he said.

"He was only released from jail in January after serving a three year sentence for similar offences and arson.

"He has 18 previous convictions for disqualified driving and poses an unacceptable risk of reoffending and a serious risk of endangering the public."

Legal Aid solicitor Matthew Fairclough said MacLure, who sat smirking in the dock, made full admissions to police when he was arrested.

He said he was currently looking for work and needed to support his partner and their children.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess rejected MacLure's bid for freedom and remanded him into custody.

The matter was adjourned until March 15.

Topics:  ipswich crime, ipswich magistrates court




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