Non-trivial pursuits: law catches up with driver who escaped police

DAY IN COURT: A driver who managed to flee from police on multiple occasions had his wings clipped when he was placed on multiple suspended jail sentences last Monday. FILE PHOTO
DAY IN COURT: A driver who managed to flee from police on multiple occasions had his wings clipped when he was placed on multiple suspended jail sentences last Monday. FILE PHOTO

A young man escaped police during two pursuits but it wasn’t long before the law caught up with him.

Calab Wiegold, 18, of Matthews Avenue, was in custody when he was brought before magistrate Terry Lucas in Orange Local Court last Monday. 

However, he was released after being given multiple concurrent 12-month suspended jail sentences, 11 years worth of driving disqualifications and 300 hours of community service.

Wiegold was represented in court by solicitor Gerry Stapleton who said Wiegold was in custody because he breached a curfew that was part of his bail conditions on the weekend before last week’s court appearance.

“He said he panicked when he knew police were following him because he knew he was a disqualified driver,” Mr Stapleton said of Wiegold’s involvement in the police pursuits.

“It is somewhat disappointing that he completed these offences because he completed the Traffic Offenders Intervention Program in November.”

Wiegold was given a seven-month suspended jail sentence and disqualified from driving for reckless driving and he was disqualified from driving for two years and given 100 hours of community service for driving while disqualified on Bathurst Road at 11pm on February 24. 

On March 7, he did a u-turn and accelerated towards pursuing police on Beech Crescent at 3.30am. 

For those offences he was given two-year driving disqualifications and 12-month suspended jail sentences for driving while disqualified, police pursuit and driving in a menacing manner.

He received the same sentence for driving while disqualified on March 11.

On March 31 he was involved in a police pursuit and was seen overtaking cars on Leeds Parade and driving on the wrong side of the road on the Northern Distributor Road before the pursuit was terminated.

For that offence he was disqualified from driving for 12 months and given 100 hours of community service for driving while disqualified and the police pursuit.