Panic lead to high speed pursuit through Ipswich and Brisbane

AN UNLICENSED teenage motorist reached speeds of up to 165km/h in an effort to evade police.

Daniel Charles Montague pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court this week to driving without a licence and dangerous driving.

Police prosecutor sergeant Matthew Donnelly said Montague drove at high-speeds though Ipswich and Brisbane suburbs.

The 19-year-old was first detected speeding on the Logan Motorway at 12.05pm on July 27.

During the joyride, Montague drove through a red light, drove on the incorrect side of the road and almost collided with numerous vehicles, including a police dog squad vehicle.

On two instances, he was calculated to be driving at about 107km/h in a 60km/h zone in Forest Lake and 165km/h along the Centenary Motorway.

The pursuit ended when Montague lost control of his vehicle in Bellbird Park, skidded about 80m and crashed into a small, brick wall.

Montague was taken into custody where it was revealed he was not the owner of a driver's licence.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Montague had made a "serious error of judgement".

"As an unlicensed driver, he panicked and in doing so went from a relatively minor offence to an offence that often lands people in jail," he said.

Prior to the offence, Montague had no traffic or criminal history.

The car, which was damaged in the crash, had belonged to Montague, even though he was unlicensed.

Magistrate Donna McCallum told Montague it was "sheer stupidity" to have purchased a car when he didn't have a licence.

She said Montague's actions were dangerous and could have easily resulted in a tragic outcome for either himself or someone else.

Montague was convicted and sentenced to nine months imprisonment which was suspended for a year.

He was also placed on a 12-month probation order and disqualified from driving for 18 months.



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