ROBERT George Cran’s reckless driving to escape police while on bail for drink driving has landed him in jail despite a plea to police to “let me go this time.”
Although the police pursuit through South Terrace, Oxley Place and Orchard Grove Road on August 29 lasted only about a minute, police say the 39-year-old accused put the lives of people in the highly-populated area at risk when he sped down narrow streets trying to avoid police, who had activated their lights and sirens.
Police say during the pursuit, in which Cran was driving at 70km/h, his vehicle at one stage became airborne after hitting a speed hump.
The accused was driving a silver 2012 Commodore in parkland when he came under notice of the Police Target Action Group .
In June, he was disqualified from driving for 12 months in the Orange Local Court after being convicted of a drink driving offence.
As part of the evidence presented to the court, Cran told police he didn’t stop because of the seriousness of the driving offence while on bail.
The police facts state Cran told officers he did not stop because “I knew you would charge me and I just wanted to see my niece. Won’t you let me go this time?” he said.
Cran is facing charges of driving a motor vehicle while disqualified, driving recklessly during a police pursuit and failing to stop.
He will remain in jail until his court appearance next month.