'Maniac' jailed for drug driving

A "MANIAC" driver tore through road works in a stolen car while high on amphetamines before abandoning it and letting it roll down a hill on the Ipswich Motorway.

Johnathon David Stevens, 20, sped through the construction site late at night, swerving all over the road in a "crazy" and "erratic" manner.

Ipswich Magistrates Court a heard a traffic controller had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit. Police started a pursuit, and shortly after Stevens fell out of the passenger side door onto the ground.

The vehicle was still in motion and started rolling backwards down the motorway until it struck a few boulders and came to rest.

Stevens pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected, driving under the influence of drugs, disqualified driving and failing to stop for police.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said Stevens was nothing short of "an absolute menace" on the roads, having notched up multiple previous convictions for dangerous operation.

"It is breath-taking you're not charged with dangerous operation causing death or grievous bodily harm," Mr McLaughlin said.

"You admitted you were off you head and co-operated with police but you drove like a maniac."

In April Stevens was convicted of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, involving the same stolen car, and burglary. The court heard Stevens was on parole at the time of the latest offence.

He was sentenced to two years jail and will be eligible to apply for parole on November 26.

He was also disqualified from driving for seven years.



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