A man who stole a ute and led police on a chase past a school zone, a school bus with primary aged children getting offand hospital in Narromine has landed himself back behind bars.
Kyle Shaw, 28, was spotted on CCTV driving a white Holden commodore ute around Warren on May 25 this year, which had been stolen from a locked shed in Nyngan.
According to court documents, the ute was seen attending Nutrien Ag Solutions on Dubbo Street in Warren, where according to police, the lock was forced and three pallets of Waratah fencing wire valued at $2700 were stolen.
Police later spotted Shaw driving the white ute leaving Old Backwater Road in Narromine, before he accelerated harshly and turned onto Wingfield Road.
Further police patrols later found Shaw travelling on Wingfield Road before turning onto the McGrane Way. Police said Shaw entered the highway at such speed that the ute momentarily lost control and slid across the highway.
Shaw continued along the highway before turning onto Gainsborough Road in Narromine. Police activated their sirens, but as Shaw accelerated harshly away from police, a pursuit which would last 12 minutes and travel 20 kilometres, was initiated.
Shaw was later chased down Terangion Street in Narromine, at 100 km/h in a flashing school zone of 40km/h, before he turned onto Manildra Street and Baystone Way passing a school bus with primary school students seen getting off.
Shaw continued along a number of roads in and around Narromine at speeds of 120km/h in signposted 60 and 50km/h zones, taking corners, which according to police caused Shaw to continue to cross onto the wrong side of the road.
He was later chased down Terangion Street in Narromine, at 100 km/h in a flashing school zone of 40km/h, before he turned onto Manildra Street and Baystone Way passing a school bus with primary school students seen getting off.
Police continued to chase Shaw past the Narromine Hospital, and out along Backwater Road where he also failed to stop at the railway crossing.
Eventually police caught up to Shaw on McNamara's Lane when a large amount of smoke began issuing from the ute. He continued onto the Mitchell Highway without giving way to other vehicles, but eventually the ute suffered from extreme mechanical failure and came to a stop on the side of the road.
After a short negotiation, Shaw got out of the ute and was arrested and charged. As police attempted to search him, Shaw lunged forward and headbutted the rear window of the police car, causing it to smash.
Police searched the ute and found numerous prescription medication in the name of the owner of the vehicle, who Shaw told police was "a mate", but refused to answer further questions about his identity.
Police also located 0.44 grams of meth on the driver's seat, along with a black hockey mask, pair of gloves, two pairs of bolt cutters, wire cutters, a fishing knife and a small machete.
Appearing via audio-visual link from South Coast Correctional Centre, Shaw pleaded guilty to nine charges, including break and enter house and steal, police pursuit second offence,and committing an offence while having a previous conviction in Dubbo Local Court last month.
The court heard Shaw had finished serving a term of imprisonment in February 2021 for another police pursuit, and was on a conditional release order for driving while disqualified, and a community corrections order for stealing goats, at the time of this offence.
Defence lawyer Carmen Just asked the court to consider a finding of special circumstances on the basis of rehabilitation to his substance abuse issues, which she said was the "root" of Shaw's criminality.
The court heard his father had introduced him to drugs at the age of 16, but since he's been in custody had participated in a substance abuse program.
"In terms of plans when he's released, he tells me he'd like to hopefully own his own housing. His ultimate goal is to address his substance abuse issues," she said.
"He tells me he's remorseful for his actions. He identified insight into his offending, recognised the danger he put himself in, as well as everybody else involved."
Magistrate Theresa Hamilton said Shaw's criminal history and similar offending didn't offer him any leniency.
However she recognised his upbringing and early exposure to drugs, had contributed to the offending.
With a finding of special circumstances, Shaw was convicted and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 15 months.
He will be eligible for release in December 2022.
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