Armadale Man Charged with Reckless Driving to Evade Pursuit and Failing to Stop in Circumstances of Aggravation
These types of incidents are very serious involving a so called Police chase. All convictions of this offence result in an immediate term of imprisonment of not less than six months and one day.
This matter went to trial on 22 March 2018. The allegation related to a section of road in Southern River. A straight stretch of road, the Police alleged speeds of 140kmh were maintained by our client.
With the aid of photographs and maps and distances and measurements and notes not kept by the Officer, this case collapsed after approximately one hour of cross examination.
After discussion over lunch with the Prosecutor and with the Police Officer still to continue giving evidence under cross examination, the Prosecution elected to abandon that particular charge and the aggravated failing to stop and the matter was dealt with as simply reckless driving, no imprisonment with a costs award of $7000.
A conviction for the offence would have meant an immediate term of imprisonment.