In court, then on a stolen bike that night

CODY James Speechley walked out of Richlands court house on April 27, 2012 on a probation order.

That night he was back in police custody.

Speechley, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count of dangerous driving while adversely affected by a drug.

Speechley, who appeared from prison by video-link, was spotted by police on the night of April 27 on School Rd, Redbank Plains, driving a motorbike without any headlights turned on.

Officers began to follow the bike, which sped away from the police.

They didn't turn on their red and blue flashing lights to follow the bike due to wet conditions and the speed at which it fled.

The bike travelled a further 300m where it was involved in an accident with a black ute.

Speechley was apprehended at the scene where he told police the bike belonged to a friend.

However, police later discovered it had been stolen from Top Gun Yamaha in Bundamba, and he was driving it without permission.

He admitted to having consumed cannabis before riding the bike.

The court heard Speechley shattered his wrist in the accident.

In November, Speechley was again spotted driving a stolen car.

On November 23 he was noticed by an off-duty officer driving a car reported stolen on November 6.

He was then filmed by CCTV cameras fuelling up.

The car was later found burnt out, however, Speechley was not charged with stealing or setting fire to the vehicle.

Magistrate Dermot Kehoe said Speechley's lack of respect for the court by offending the same day as being placed on probation was distressing.

"You're behaviour is concerning," he said.

"You were placed on a probation order at Richlands court and later that day you were charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, while you were affected by cannabis and dangerous operation of a vehicle."

He was sentenced to 12 months' jail, but given a parole release date of August 8 to coincide with the release date of his current imprisonment order.



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