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Nimbin man jailed for 18 months over unlicensed drunk police pursuits

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A Nimbin man has been jailed after leading police on three pursuits while drunk.
A Nimbin man has been jailed after leading police on three pursuits while drunk.

A Nimbin man who pleaded guilty to leading police on three pursuits at Tuncester, South Lismore and Koonorigan on the same day while drunk has been jailed for 18 months.

Uiil Jansen appeared in Lismore Local Court for sentencing on Tuesday and was represented by solicitor Hugh Van-Dugteren.

The 31-year-old was charged with 11 offences relating to two incidents on consecutive days in March where he was charged with drink driving and driving while disqualified.

Charges Mr Jansen pleaded guilty to included three counts of not stopping during a police pursuit, mid-range drink driving, two counts of driving while disqualified, driving in a dangerous manner, using an offensive weapon to prevent apprehension and threatening injury to a person with the intent to prevent detention.

On March 14, Mr Jansen was pulled over for a random breath test on Geneva St, Kyogle, and registered a special-range reading of .021.

He was charged with driving while disqualified, special-range pca and stating a false name or address to police.

Then, the following day when police noticed a Queensland registered Mitsubishi mirage allegedly driving recklessly, at high speed, at Tuncester, a pursuit was initiated and the driver, Uiil Jansen failed to stop.

Ten minutes later, it is alleged when police caught up to Mr Jansen at South Lismore, he drove in a dangerous manner through the Station Hotel drive through bottle shop and onto Union Street.

Mr Jansen was next spotted almost 40 minutes later and police initiated another pursuit on Koonorigan Rd, where it is alleged he drove the Mitsubishi at two senior constables and a constable with the intent to prevent apprehension.

The 31 year-old was eventually arrested taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail due to ‘his extensive criminal history and the seriousness of the charges’.

On each of the three counts of not stopping during a police pursuit, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and threatening injury to a person to prevent lawful detention, Magistrate David Heilpern sentenced Mr Jansen to 18 months jail with a non-parole period of 12 months, to be served concurrently.

On the charges of driving while disqualified, Mr Jansen was sentenced to nine months jail.

As he has been in custody since March 15, Mr Jansen will be eligible for release on parole on March 14, 2018.

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