$5600 fine after 'slow speed' cop chase with dog squad
ASTRIDE his motorbike John Blaine led police on a slow chase through the grounds of Gladstone Hospital, refusing to stop despite the noisy sirens and flashing blue lights.
Riding into a dead end on Murray St, Blaine crashed his Yamaha bike when he made the bad decision to jump it over a concrete barrier.
Police prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens told Gladstone Magistrates Court the incident began at 9.50pm on April 4 when officers saw Blaine on a white Yamaha motorbike in Railway St before riding into the hospital grounds.
He said Blaine was unsteady on the bike having trouble riding in a straight line, and kept looking back at the police.
Sgt Stevens said police used flashing lights and sirens attempting to intercept the rider with the police car coming up beside his bike but Blaine accelerated
Police then stopped and Blaine rode into Murray St which was a dead end.
Officers then saw the bike's head light point skywards and heard crunching noises.
Sgt Stevens said the bike was found abandoned on top of a concrete barrier and Blaine fled on foot into swampland.
The dog squad was called in but a tracker police dog lost Blaine's scent.
Sgt Stevens said police later caught up with Blaine at his house.
Blaine admitted to being the rider that night, saying he did not stop because "he was scared as he thought he was being chased".
He also said he attempted to jump the concrete barrier but struck it instead.
Blaine, 24, pleaded guilty to failing to stop a motor vehicle.
"Essentially he thought someone was chasing him," defence lawyer Jun Pepito said.
"There was, a police car," quickly replied magistrate Mark Morrow.
"He could have killed himself."
Mr Morrow found Blaine had been travelling at low speed and while trying to avoid police ended up hanging his motorbike on a barrier, and lucky not to be severely injured.
Fined him $5695 (recent increase in penalty) Blaine was disqualified for two years.