Police watch as man high on cocaine crashes car

A MAN who crashed his car in front of police while high on cocaine has been let out of prison after serving four months behind bars.

Peter John Boyle, 22, was driving a red sedan that reached speeds of 110kmh as it tried to outrun police at Redbank Plains on February 1 this year.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Boyle had recently smoked "rock" - or crack cocaine - when he was spotted by police on Greenwood Village Rd.

The vehicle travelled down the wrong side of the road as it accellerated away and turned onto Rice Rd - an otherwise quiet suburban street in Redbank Plains.

Boyle didn't get far before the vehicle mounted the gutter and busted a tyre.

Two males ran away but were apprehended a short time later.

Boyle admitted he'd tried to evade police because he'd been smoking crack that day.At the time, he was also subject to a two-year licence disqualification.

Boyle pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs, driving without due care and attention, obstructing police, possessing a glass pipe for smoking drugs, and driving while disqualified by the court.

The court was told he had long-standing drug problems, which began when he started using ice at the age of 13.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Boyle's behaviour put innocent members of the public at risk of being killed.

Mr Cosgrove also considered the 116 days that Boyle had spent in pre-sentence custody, as well as the fact that his mother was terminally ill.

Boyle was sentenced to a total of 15 months jail with immediate release on parole.

 



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