Pursuit driver faces unlicensed driving charges

A Sebastopol man who lost his licence over a high-speed police chase “thumbed his nose” at the courts by getting back behind the wheel of a car only weeks later, according to a magistrate.

Blake Hill, 19, received a two-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty in the Ballarat Magistrates Court yesterday to two charges of driving while disqualified.

Only last year, Hill reached speeds of up to 120km/h in Mair Street, and crashed twice during a police pursuit on May 19.

He faced court in October over the incident and was disqualified from driving for two years.

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson said Hill’s decision to get back behind the wheel on two separate occasions in December beggared belief and showed contempt for his court orders.

Yesterday, police prosecutor Senior Constable Vicki Chaffey told the court that on December 16 and December 26, on two separate occasions, police had intercepted Hill while he was driving along Sturt Street.

He had four passengers in the car during the second incident.

Senior Constable Chaffey said Hill admitted to police he had “no good reason” for being behind the wheel while disqualified.

Defence lawyer David Tamanika said his client had been giving some friends a lift and “hadn’t put much thought” into what he was doing.

Mr Tamanika said, similarly, when police had attempted to intercept Hill last May, he led them on a chase for no good reason.

Ms Hodgson said it was a serious matter to drive in direct contravention of a court order.

The court heard in October how Hill had sparked a high-speed chase after police checked his speed at 27km/h over the limit and activated their warning lights.

During the chase, Hill ran a red light and collided with a Kia Rio, before eventually losing control and crashing into the base of a billboard.

Hill will face court on further offences related to his community corrections order on June 18.

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