Man jailed on vehicle charge

A MAN who hitched a ride in a stolen car was sent to jail yesterday after pleading guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Justin Anthony Dodd, 30, of Thabeban, was found hiding in a nearby backyard when police found a stolen Honda sedan on George Street yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told Bundaberg Magistrates Court the car was reported missing from Rockhampton on September 6.

Bundaberg police spotted the stolen vehicle on Bourbong Street about 1.10am yesterday.

Police tried to stop the car, but it quickly sped off and officers decided not to pursue it.

A few hours later, the car was found abandoned on George Street.

Dodd was found hiding in the nearby backyard and claimed he had been walking from his brother's house to his sister's when a friend pulled up beside him in the stolen car.

He told police he suspected the vehicle was stolen because of an argument between a passenger and the driver.

He said he wiped his fingerprints from the car when he got out.

“Unfortunately, the defendant has a deplorable history,” Sgt Stevens said.

“He knew he was in trouble because he ran away and wiped down his fingerprints.”

Dodd was on a suspended sentence at the time.

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said the situation was one where his client had simply accepted a lift from someone he knew.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said the defendant had a very “long and serious history” and conceded his involvement was at the lower end of the scale.

She sentenced Dodd to six months' jail and ordered his parole release on December 17.

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