Not quite a Get out of Jail Free Card
THE prison release ordered for a young Victorian man in Gympie Magistrates Court this week may not have been the "Get out of Jail Free Card” he imagined.
Magistrate M Bice said Jake Patrick Kenneth Carter may yet face extradition to Victoria, where he is wanted for stealing a car, while on parole from prison there.
He is also wanted for a parole breach offence.
But on subsequent Queensland offences, Mr Bice took into account 73 days already served since Carter's arrest.
Carter, 24, pleaded guilty to stealing petrol at Gin Gin on December 2, dangerous driving, disqualified driving and failing to stop for police the next day and bringing the stolen car into Queensland.
The court was told police had received information on December 3 about a Victorian registered Holden Barina being driven south on the Bruce Hwy at Gunalda, with occupants "throwing items out the window.”
Police attempted to intercept the vehicle after checks showed the car had been stolen in Victoria on November 28.
Carter and a female passenger fled police in Cross St and swerved suddenly into a side street, forcing a driver to take evasive action.
The couple was later located walking nearby, police told the court.
Noting Carter's "lengthy history” including offences of car stealing and disqualified and dangerous driving, Mr Bice jailed Carter for eight months with an immediate parole release date, also fining him $500 and ordering him to pay $42.40 for the stolen petrol.
He also warned Carter about possible extradition to face court in Victoria, but Carter seemed more focused on the positive.
"Am I getting released today?” Carter asked more than once.
"Yes,” replied Mr Bice.
"I think he was quite happy about that,” the magistrate commented.