A 22-YEAR-OLD man who led police on dangerous chases in stolen vehicles has been jailed and ordered off the roads for many years.
Trent James Pedersen was arrested after dramatic events on the Warrego Highway and in Helidon after speeding away from police a number of times in a stolen car on May 27.
Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard police had to employ "stingers" across the road to deflate the front tyres of the vehicle Pedersen was driving but that hadn't stopped him fleeing.
He and the 25-year-old woman he was with alighted from the car and fled, sparking a foot chase with police during which the pair had tried to take another car parked nearby but that car's owner had seen them approach and locked the doors.
The chase finally ended when Pedersen ran out of puff and was arrested, police prosecutor Sergeant Tim Hutton told the court.
Earlier that night a police patrol had spotted the reported stolen car near Withcott but Pedersen had sped away, at one point reaching speeds estimated at more than 160kmh on the highway and crossing over to the wrong side of the road.
The 22-year-old had been similarly driven away from police in another stolen vehicle through Harlaxton streets a week earlier, the court heard.
During that incident, Pedersen had sped away from a police car with lights and siren activated, speeding at 100kmh in a 60kmh zone, driving on the wrong side of the road forcing oncoming traffic to take evasive action and speeding through red traffic lights.
Pedersen had spent the ensuing 113 days in custody since his arrest and appeared in court by video link from the prison to plead guilty to 20 offences including three counts of dangerous driving, four of failing to stop on police direction, two of unlawful use of vehicles and disqualified driving.
Magistrate Graham Lee said it was pure luck rather than good management that no-one had been injured by Pedersen's driving.
Mr Lee sentenced him to two years in jail but ordered he be released on parole on January 27.