'Speed driver' jailed for holidays

A MAN accused of speeding away from police who tried to pull him over will spend Christmas in jail after he was denied bail over the incident.

Greaham Thomas Marshall, 35, of Bundaberg South, was arrested on Tuesday night and yesterday faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with obstructing police, driving without a licence and failing to stop a motor vehicle.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman opposed Marshall's bail application, saying the man was already on bail for allegedly committing similar offences last month.

"He was arrested on November 21 for disqualified driving and evading police," Sgt Todman said.

"He was arrested on November 28 for the same charges."

Sgt Todman said about 8.30pm on Tuesday, officers saw Marshall driving a Mitsubishi, which they followed to the parking lot of Across the Waves.

He said the officers, who were in an unmarked police vehicle, turned on their lights in a bid to make Marshall stop.

But instead he sped off, revving the engine loudly as a large amount of black smoke billowed from the car.

Sgt Todman said police got a clear view of Marshall's face as he drove away and they later confronted him at his home.

"He said his partner was driving the vehicle," the prosecutor said.

But Sgt Todman told the court Marshall's partner denied that and would provide a statement.

"He poses a risk to the community," Sgt Todman said.

Marshall represented himself in court and said he would be pleading not guilty to the charges against him.

"I just want to have Christmas with my children," he said.

"I've been doing really well with my bail."

But Magistrate Jennifer Batts wasn't convinced.

"It was a very line ball decision when you were granted bail last time," she said.

"I consider you are an unacceptable risk."

Marshall was remanded in custody for further mention on January 13.



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