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3/10/2008 4:00:00 AM
A PROBATIONARY driver who “absolutely terrified’’ his passengers by travelling at 215kmh in a 60km zone in Bendigo has narrowly escaped spending time in prison.

Trent De Young, 20, appeared before Magistrate William Gibb in Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday.


De Young, from Moonambel, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering serious injury, driving in a manner dangerous, and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.


Prosecutor Senior Constable Mark Snell told the court police observed De Young driving an unregistered blue Subaru WRX at 2.50am on July 5.


“At this time a police vehicle was stationary at the Thistle Street lights and the officers observed the vehicle travelling south along High Street towards Golden Square,’’ Senior Constable Snell said.


He said police seen the vehicle accelerate at a high speed along High Street.


“De Young drove past a second police vehicle so fast that it shook the police car from side to side.’’


Senior Constable Snell said a pursuit ensued and police reached a speed of about 140kmh in a 60km zone as the WRX continued to pull away from them.


The court heard that as they approached the Kangaroo Flat shopping precinct police slowed down for fear of pedestrians and other road users while the WRX continued to accelerate and pull further away.


A third police vehicle became involved in the pursuit and near Centro Lansell Shopping Centre police reached a speed of 160kmh in a 70km zone.


“By this time the WRX was approximately 400 metres ahead and still pulling away from police,’’ said Senior Constable Snell.


After briefly losing sight of the Subaru, police observed the defendant’s brake lights as he turned left into McInnes Street without indicating, the court was told.


“Police located the defendant parked on the wrong side of the road with his lights and motor off,’’ said Senior Constable Snell.


Police arrested De Young and took him and his two passengers to Bendigo police station.


Both passengers gave written statements to police.


“He just took off driving like an idiot travelling along High Street. I looked at the speedo and we were doing about 215kmh in a 60km zone,’’ the passenger who was seated in the rear of the vehicle stated.


“I was absolutely terrified.


“I was so scared that we were going to crash.


”I thought we would lose it then and there.’’


The court was told De Young’s actions endangered the lives of his passengers and the police involved in the pursuit.


Defence counsel Scott Belcher said his client realised he could have killed somebody.


“He engaged in immature and dangerous behaviour behind the wheel and the car now sits idle in the paddock with a blown gear box,’’ Mr Belcher said.


Mr Gibb convicted and sentenced De Young to six months’ prison for reckless conduct and three months’ prison for driving in a manner dangerous.


De Young will serve his sentence by way of an Intensive Correction Order.


His licence was disqualified for two years.




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