GETTING in your car and simply driving across Queensland without a care in the world might sound like a dream come true.
Obviously you need to have the funds to pay for petrol. Jamie Gene Huth didn't and he had plenty to be concerned about.
An ice addict who'd stolen petrol and evaded police, Huth also stole jewellery, clothing, electronic equipment and tools from Bundaberg businesses.
In an attempt to avoid the law catching up with him, Huth failed to stop for police eight times - in Bundaberg, Brisbane, Maryborough, Tinana, Howard, Point Vernon and Meadowvale.
During the statewide crime spree, Huth also stole petrol from a number of places including multiple service stations in Bundaberg as well as Kilcoy, Booral and the Glasshouse Mountains.
The 33-year-old was yesterday sentenced to three years jail and absolutely disqualified from holding a driver's licence after pleading guilty to more than 30 offences, including stealing, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possessing dangerous drugs.
Defence lawyer Lavonda Maloy said her client's addiction to ice had consumed his life and led to where he found himself now.
She said her client had finally realised the type of life he had been living was not the life he wanted to live in the future.
"He's realised there is a better path to life than the one he's currently living," she said.
Mrs Maloy said Huth was first introduced to drugs at 13 and his serious drug addiction problems had continued for 20 years.
She said on a personal level Huth's addition and subsequent offending had cost him the chance to be a part of his four children's lives and walk his sister down the aisle - she was married while Huth was in custody awaiting sentencing.
Magistrate Aaron Simpson said the majority of Huth's offending was stealing petrol and not stopping for police but the sheer number of offences was significant
"When lights and sirens are activated you keep on driving...you simply don't stop. It's very serious offending," he said.
"Your long-standing addiction to methamphetamine has destroyed your life."
Huth was sentenced to a range of jail terms to be served concurrently with a suspended sentence for prior offending also activated.
Huth was also ordered to pay more than $2000 restitution and will be released on parole on October 20, 2016.