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Unlicensed driver's Mt Coot-tha chase ends with jail time

AN IPSWICH man who has never held a licence and who fled police at close to twice the speed limit down Mt Coot-tha, while taking blind corners on the wrong side of the road, has been jailed.

Kyrin John Skipper, 27, pleaded guilty to disobeying the speed limit, failing to stop, not keeping left of two continuous dividing lines and two counts of driving while disqualified.

On February 17 Skipper, who has never held a licence, was seen driving his silver Commodore down Mt Coot-tha by police.

They followed him onto Honeyeater Track. When they activated their lights and siren Skipper's car accelerated rapidly and overtook cars doing the speed limit.

He was seen doing speeds estimated to be up to 90kmh and taking blind corners at speed on the wrong side of the road.

Due to wet and dangerous conditions police called off the chase, however, other units apprehended Skipper soon after.

They found he had been disqualified from driving by the court and he was serving a suspended sentence for driving without a licence.

Less than a week later, while Skipper was still disqualified, police were called to the Orion Shopping Centre by a security guard at 10.25pm where two vehicles had been seen acting suspiciously.

They found two cars, including Skipper's silver Commodore, parked under cover at the shopping centre. The silver Commodore was playing loud music while Skipper and another driver sat in the other car.

Skipper initially denied driving the silver car, despite his wallet and belongings being found in the driver's seat door, before eventually admitting to driving it to the shopping centre.

The two driving while disqualified by a court order offences were his fifth and sixth disqualified driving charges in the past five years.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said it "defied belief" that Skipper had driven less than a week after being pulled over on Mt Coot-tha.

Skipper was disqualified from driving for four years, and imprisoned for 15 months with a parole release date in November.

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