High speed chase ends in prison

A MAN who led police on a high-speed pursuit from Bendigo McDonalds through residential streets has been jailed.

Ryan Courtney Torney, of Maryborough, was yesterday sentenced to 14 months prison with a non-parole period of eight months for charges of reckless driving, failing to stop for police and driving with a disqualified licence.

The Bendigo Magistrates' Court heard Torney drove at high speed between McDonalds and Alexandra fountain, High Street at 1am on February 5, 2012.

Torney had five passengers in the car before two scrambled out when he stopped at the traffic lights.
Police signalled for Torney to pull over but he sped off again and reached speeds up to 100km/h in 50km/h residential zones.

Magistrate Jennifer Tregent said his driving endangered not only his passengers but members of the public.

"You could have killed someone," she said.

The court heard the car was abandoned in Maryborough where forensic evidence tied Torney to the drivers seat.

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