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Car thief sentenced after woman leapt for her life

A WOMAN was forced to leap for her life while trying to stop a thief from stealing her car.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the brazen theft occurred while the woman and her husband were refuelling their Toyota Hilux at a Lockyer Valley service station.

Allen Bruce Baldwin, 30, admitted to unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing cannabis, failing to dispose of a drug syringe, and burglary.

Just days after being sent to prison for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Baldwin was sentenced to another period of imprisonment for stealing the couple's car.

On May 14 the couple was fuelling up at Rusty's Hatton Vale. The husband went inside to pay for the fuel while his wife waited near the car.

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Baldwin then got into the driver's seat and started to drive the car away. The woman stood in front of the vehicle to try and stop him but had to leap out of the way to avoid being hit.

Police later found Baldwin at a Regency Downs property and found the Hilux, partially disassembled in the back yard.

Baldwin fled into the bush with his brother but was found by the police dog squad.

Baldwin was sentenced to one year in jail.

Defence lawyer Scott Neaves said Baldwin had been sentenced the week before to serve three years and nine months in jail for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Neaves said Baldwin had been "gripped by substance abuse all his life".

Baldwin will be eligible for parole in April 2016, in line with his existing sentence.

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