Jailed and fined $5000 after police chase fail

A GYMPIE man has been jailed and fined more than $5000 for possessing drug utensils and failing to stop for police.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard that police had to end a pursuit of Caleb Ezekiel Rogers, 23, just after 2.05am on August 23 after following him in his Toyota Rav 4 with lights and sirens on.

It heard Rogers drove away from police down Jane St and into a caravan park, all the while continuing to avoid police.

Rogers had initially slowed down when police activated their lights but then accelerated heavily away as police got nearer.

While police last saw Rogers accelerating down Janes St towards Violet St, they were able to take his registration number and track him down at a later date.

While the registered owner of the car was Rogers' mother, she said she had sold the car to her son before the date of the offence.

The court heard police arrested Rogers on October 9, and impounded his car.

While police were preparing the car to be impounded, they found a bong - a plastic bottle with a hose pipe and cone piece attached - as well as a syringe safety container in the car.

The court heard Rogers' life had spiralled out of control due to a meth habit and that he was relapsing at the time of the August 23 offences.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop a motor vehicle for police and to possessing drug utensils.

Rogers, who had previous criminal convictions, was sentenced to two months jail and fined $5692.50 for failing to stop and had his licence disqualified for two years and was sentenced to two months jail for possessing the utensils.

He will be eligible for parole on December 13.

Gympie Times


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