Cops watch man convicted twice of dangerous driving reoffend

A MAN who was on parole for his second dangerous operation of a motor vehicle conviction has been returned to prison after speeding across three lanes and running a red light in front of police this week.

Adam James Black, 30, pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count of driving without due care and attention, driving while disqualified, three trespass counts, one possession of knuckledusters and one of obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Julie Marsden said police were patrolling along Queen Elizabeth Drive on March 11 when they observed a white Ford Falcon driving southbound by the defendant.

She said police did a u-turn to follow him.

Ms Marsden said Black sped across three lanes and turned onto Bridge St, through a red light, lost traction and sped off.

She said hours later, at 1.45am, a resident of Rice St saw Black walk through their backyard, through a side gate and into their front yard.

Ms Marsden said they yelled out and Black ran across the road into another yard.

She said when police came into the vicinity, Black jumped into another yard of an Alexandra St property, jumped on to the balcony and yelled "they are going to kill me".

He was holding knuckledusters.

"He was completely irrational at the time," Ms Marsden said.

She said he was tasered.

Black, who has an eight-page criminal record with multiple drug convictions, was on parole at the time after being released from prison in January.

He had been sentenced to 20 months' prison in August 2018 in the Charters Towers Magistrates Court for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and disqualified driving.

Black had previously received an 18-month prison term for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Defence lawyer Brian McGowran said Black panicked after seeing police watch him driving while he was disqualified.

"He is just paranoid at times that people are after him," he said. The court heard Black's parole was cancelled.

Magistrate Cameron Press sentenced him to six months' prison for the driving without due care an attention count to run concurrently with the dangerous operation sentence, but also a six-month prison term for the disqualified driving count to run cumulatively. He is eligible for parole on May 15.

Mr Press disqualified Black from driving for three years and six months.

"This type of behaviour must cease," he said. "It seems to me every time you hop behind the wheel, you are endangering the lives of the community."