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Man drove 50 kmh over the limit with daughter in the car

David Stuart

A DISQUALIFIED driver who sped at 110kmh through the quiet Gympie neighbourhood of Pine St with his young daughter in the car will be in jail for the rest of this year.

Thirteen charges faced 24-year-old father of two Ashley David Percy Will Leis when he faced Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.

The string of offences started on January 1, last year when he fractured a man's vertebra. The pair was arguing over Leis' girlfriend at a Pie Creek party

Leis pushed the man, then put him in a headlock but the victim broke free. Leis charged him, lifted him up and drove him head-first into the ground.

The attack fractured a vertebra in the victim's neck, but defence lawyer Patrick Horgan said the injury was treated simply with the aid of pain killers and a neck brace.

Then on July 31, Leis was stopped by police on Rifle Range Rd after initially speeding up to get away from them. He was charged with driving while disqualified and failing to stop for police.

A few months later Leis was busted at the wheel again.

This time he was driving, while disqualified, 50kmh over the 60kmh speed limit in Pine St - with his daughter in the car.

When stopped he told police he was driving his daughter to the hospital because she was having seizures, but police said the little girl looked calm and "unconcerned" in the back seat and Magistrate M Baldwin said she didn't buy the story, pointing out he was not travelling towards the hospital.

But it was the night of February 6, 10 minutes before midnight that might have been Leis' most disturbing offence. He joined four others as they used two 4WDs to ram the gate of a Somerset Dr home. One co-offender walked around the property with a chainsaw while a woman in the home with her husband and two children called police.

The court heard Leis, in the rampage partially caught on CCTV, asked the man of the home where his $6000 dirt bike was, but the group disbanded before they could load it on to a 4WD.

Police caught up with Leis the following day at his home, where they found a glass pipe and ammunition he was not authorised to have. He pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm, trespass, demanding property with menace and intent to steal.

The court heard Leis' previous traffic history had already seen him clock up an absolute disqualification and jail time. His criminal history was also lengthy.

After receiving several jail terms yesterday, Leis was told he would not be eligible for parole until February 9, next year. After that he would have an 18 month suspended sentence hanging over his head for five years.

Gympie Times

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