A 22-YEAR-OLD man who posted a Facebook video of himself doing illegal burnouts has fled police in a high-speed chase through Bendigo streets.
Police were alerted on Tuesday to the footage of Myers Flat man Kevin Taylor, who was filmed drag racing.
On Wednesday police spotted Taylor driving his Holden Commodore through East Bendigo.
They tried to pull over his car but he failed to stop and drove off at speeds of 140km/h along Strickland Road and surrounding streets.
The Bendigo Magistrates Court heard Taylor had four passengers in the car when he sped through residential streets and crashed over roundabouts.
At one point of the police chase, Taylor was seen skidding around a corner at 100km/h into the wrong lane of Jobs Gully Road, Jackass Flat. The pursuit started about midnight on Wednesday and was terminated within 10 minutes due to safety concerns.
Constable Daniel Allen told the court Taylor showed a blatant disregard for the safety of his passengers and others in the community.
He said Taylor’s “reckless attitude to driving” was further highlighted in the video he had uploaded to Facebook.
“It clearly shows Taylor driving in a dangerous manner,” Constable Allen said.
“You can see in the video his car comes close to hitting the person that was filming it.”
Constable Allen said the high-speed pursuit could easily have ended as a fatal crash for all five occupants of the car.
He said police opposed Taylor’s bail application because he showed no appreciation of the risks he had caused to the community.
One female passenger in the car told police she feared for her life and said Taylor was close to losing control of the vehicle.
Taylor was unlicensed and was serving a suspended jail sentence at the time of the incidents.
He was eventually arrested in Bendigo on Wednesday afternoon and had his car impounded.
The court heard Taylor was unemployed and lives with his parents in Myers Flat, looking after his father, who has multiple sclerosis.
Taylor’s parents were in court yesterday and pleaded for their son to be released to their home.
Magistrate Frank Jones said Taylor was an unacceptable risk of reoffending and denied him bail.
Taylor was remanded in police custody and will return to court on September 26.