Teen makes ‘dramatic’ entry into justice system with series of dangerous driving incidents | The mail

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A teenager has his mother to thank for avoiding jail time as punishment for dangerous driving that had the potential to kill others on the roads, a court has heard. Magistrate Hugh Radford described the 19-year-old’s string of driving offenses as a “spectacular” start to the criminal justice system when he was sentenced on Tuesday. Toby Doyle of Wendouree was seen driving 175 mph in the Western Freeway emergency lane around 11am on December 30, 2020. Police lost sight of the car and did not initiate a search. pursuit, but later in the afternoon a number of triple zero calls were made about the same car being driven erratically in the Creswick area. The police air wing was involved in locating the vehicle and police on the road used bangons to disable the car and arrest Doyle after a short foot chase. Doyle, then 18, was charged and released on bail, but came to the attention of police again on January 26, 2021 when two officers saw him suffering a burnout at a Wendouree intersection. It accelerated after police attempted an interception and the police squadron followed the vehicle which accelerated to 100mph, double the speed limit, along Gillies Road. Doyle continued to speed around Ballarat, passing cars, before driving to his home where he ran inside the house and was later arrested. He was also charged with speeding over 120 km/h along Gillies Street in a 70 km/h zone on December 14, 2020. He had received his driver’s license less than a month earlier, on November 18 2020. Doyle pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the direction of police, dangerous driving, speeding and driving an unregistered car in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court. His mother supported him in court on Tuesday and told Mr Radford that her son was living with her and their family and was on a much better path. A defense attorney said Doyle worked in an articling position and had a long work history before he lost his job during the pandemic. The attorney said that was what led to his cannabis use and serious driving behavior. Mr Radford said if Doyle’s mother had not been in court to speak positively about her son’s progress, he would send him to prison. “If you killed someone while driving… not only would you feel guilty for the rest of your life… you would risk going to jail for culpable driving,” he said. Mr Radford said he considered Doyle’s young age, lack of criminal history and prospects for rehabilitation when deciding on a sentence. Doyle was sentenced to an 18-month community correction order, without conviction. He will be required to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work, substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation, mental health treatment and a road trauma awareness course. If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell the story of Ballarat. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.

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