‘Don’t give a rats’: Dad jailed for repeat dangerous driving
A drug addicted father who stopped at nothing to avoid police in high-speed pursuits has been jailed.
Justin Zachariah Djordjevic, 28, will be behind bars until mid next year and off the road for five years for two high-speed police pursuits.
Police prosecutor Lee Allan told Maroochydore Magistrates Court Djordjevic would have been a real danger to the community.
"These circumstances included police chases, high speeds, driving on the wrong side of the road, near crashes, all while being disqualified and being on parole for similar offending," he said.
"You sped away and then slammed on your brakes," magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.
"That was a motorcycle police officer. That could have been so dangerous.
"And then you did the whole 180 degree around the roundabout accelerating so hard and then braking again that you almost collided with the car waiting to turn right."
The court heard Djordjevic then mounted the kerb and continued accelerating, where police stopped their pursuit.
On March 27, Djordjevic evaded police again by accelerating at speed and crossing the wrong side of the road to overtake another car.
Senior Constable Allan told the court Djordjevic had three dangerous operation of a vehicle convictions on his history.
Djordjevic drove dangerously, nearly hit a fence and sped off down the wrong side of a road to evade police in July 2018.
The court heard Djordjevic had been in custody since March for breaching his parole.
Djordjevic pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday to 24 charges, including dangerous operation of a vehicle and evasion.
Defence lawyer Anna Smith said the dangerous driving wasn't for a criminal purpose, but because Djordjevic would panic when he saw police.
"What goes in his favour is that no one was injured and there was no property damage as a result of the driving," she said.
"He gets behind the wheel to do day to day things … he then sees the police and he panics because he knows he's going to go back into custody."
Ms Smith said Djordjevic was a father-of-two.
"He was staying clean from drugs, then some of his old associates got in contact with him and the cycle began again," she said.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said Djordjevic's continued offending showed he wasn't likely to change his ways.
"They're probably an indication that you don't give a rats, you've almost given up," she said.
"You've given the bird to society, you've given the bird to the court."
Ms Baldwin said it was by a whisker that Djordjevic didn't kill anyone.
"God help you if a little kid had come out on their scooter in a quiet residential area," she said.
Ms Baldwin sentenced Djordjevic to two-and-half-years jail, with a parole eligibility on July 30 next year.
He was also disqualified from driving for five years.