Gympie teen faces jail after alleged police chase

A YOUNG Glenwood man charged with dangerous driving, possession of drug implements and disobeying a police direction was remanded in custody in Gympie Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court was told Jeremy Jay Smith, 19, also faced possible imprisonment as he was on parole at the time of the alleged offences.

Magistrate M Baldwin adjourned Smith's case until next Monday, to give him the chance to seek legal advice pending a possible bail application.

She told Smith one of the charges against him carried a fine  of more than $5000, which he would probably not be able to pay.

This might create difficulties for a bail application, as would an alleged parole violation and he would then have to appeal to the Supreme Court if bail was refused in the Magistrates Court.

Police told the court other charges of driving without due care and attention were likely to be upgraded to dangerous driving and Smith's parole was likely to be revoked.

Smith consented to the remand, after the court was told the charges followed a series of events in Rifle Range and Cootharaba Rds and Stone St, Gympie.

He is also accused of multiple counts of disobeying a police direction to stop his vehicle.

Smith did not plead to the charges but indicated he would be seeking legal advice.

His Gympie appearance followed an initial Easter Monday court date in Caboolture, where he appeared by video link from Gympie Watchhouse.


Glenwood teen driver kept in custody

GLENWOOD teenager Jeremy Jay Smith, 19, who was arrested for dangerous driving on Sunday afternoon appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court this morning via video link from Gympie Watchhouse.

He was remanded in custody overnight, to appear on charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, evading police and driving without due care in Gympie on Sunday afternoon.

He will remain in  the Watchhouse for a further appearance in Gympie Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Police say they will allege the charges relate to an incident just before 2pm on Sunday at the intersection of Cootharaba Rd and Farleys Lne.

A spokesman said the man, evaded police during that incident, but was arrested soon afterwards.

He is accused of accelerating when police exited their car to restrain him, knocking an officer to the ground and causing bruising and abrasions to his arm.

A short time later police say they took him into custody after another incident in Rife Range Rd.


Gympie teen driver charged for twice fleeing from police

A TEENAGER who allegedly tried to twice escape police will face a spate of charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle at a Caboolture court this morning.

Detectives charged a 19-year-old Glenwood man after he tried to drive away from police in Gympie on Sunday afternoon.

Police say they attempted to stop the driver when he pulled over near the intersection of Cootharaba Road and Farleys Lane. As they approached the car, he allegedly sped off, knocking one police officer to the ground.

The male officer received bruising and abrasions to his arm as a result of the incident.

Soon after, the vehicle was once again the attention of police at Rifle Range road where the driver allegedly pulled the same stunt.

This time though, a teenager was arrested.

He has been charged with two counts of fail to stop a motor vehicle and one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and drive without due care.

Gympie Times

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