Drug affected driver who evaded police jailed
AN ICE-AFFECTED driver on a suspended learners' licence has been jailed for 16 months after a dramatic police pursuit from Queensland to Tweed Heads.
Daniel Bradley Neville, 27, from Arundel, had two outstanding warrants before he evaded police on Saturday night.
Queensland's Polair was already monitoring the white Holden Astra Neville was driving when he was travelling southbound on the Gold Coast Highway.
Near the Kennedy Dr M1 off-ramp, Tweed police spotted Neville travelling at between 100 and 110kmh in the 60kmh zone.
Neville then drove the wrong way down the Kennedy Dr off-ramp, into oncoming traffic.
Police engaged in, and terminated, numerous pursuits as Neville failed to stop and ran seven red lights in Tweed Heads and Tweed Heads South.
After he evaded police through Kennedy Dr, Minjungbal Dr, Kirkwood Rd and near the M1 off-ramp at Barneys Point Bridge, Neville drove back onto the highway, and over police road spikes.
After continuing to drive for 600m, the Astra slowed down.
Still, police statements said that "at no time did the accused (Neville) pull over to the left and stop".
When he finally, gradually, came to a halt, cornered by two vehicles from Kingscliff Police Station and Highway Patrol, Neville told the officers he'd "run out of fuel".
When they searched him, police found "a capped syringe down the front of his underpants" and two small bags on the car floor, which appeared to contain trace amounts of "what appeared to be methylamphetamine", court documents said..
According to police, Neville "appeared to be well affected by a drug" as he seemed "sleepy" and had a "fresh track mark on his inner arm".
Neville agreed he'd taken the drug ice (a form of methylamphetamine) earlier that day.
Neville returned a negative roadside alcohol breath test and fell asleep at Tweed Hospital, where he was taken to give a mandatory blood and urine sample.
His learners' licence had been suspended since May 6 this year as a result of outstanding fines.
On Monday, Neville faced Tweed Heads Local Court charged with four counts of engaging in a police pursuit while driving dangerously and recklessly, four counts of driving a motor vehicle with a suspended licence and two counts of driving recklessly/furiously or with a dangerous speed or manner.
He pleaded guilty to all charges.
He is not eligible for parole until September 25 next year.
Neville had a female passenger - the owner of the car - seated next to him throughout the incident.