A banned driver who led police on a daytime pursuit in Bendigo reached speeds of more than 140 km/h in residential streets, a court has heard.
On September 25 last year, police trying to arrest Graeme John Roberts followed his vehicle into an Eaglehawk cul de sac, parking two vehicles on the road in an attempt to block him in.
But the 22-year-old drove towards a police officer and vehicle, forcing the officer to stand on the skirting of the car and press up against it.
As Roberts drove past his vehicle hit the police car door, which crushed the officer and left her with bruising and stiffness.
He also came close to hitting an officer on a motorbike.
This was the start of a 27-minute pursuit involving the police helicopter and multiple police units.
Roberts sped through Eaglehawk, Epsom and Long Gully, overtaking vehicles on double lines, bends and the shoulder of the road.
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In some parts his speed reached in excess of double the limit and he hit 144 km/h on Howard Street as he travelled towards Epsom.
In Long Gully, he sideswiped a vehicle that was waiting at an intersection, but did not stop.
A few minutes later, he failed to give way at the intersection of Happy Valley Road and Stray Street, and crashed into a ute.
He also narrowly avoided hitting another vehicle, but again, did not stop.
Police stopped the pursuit by road, although the helicopter continued to follow.
Roberts lost control of his vehicle as he turned from Derwent Drive onto Sparrowhawk Road and again nearly hit a police officer on a motorbike.
He went into bushland but drove back out onto the street a couple of minutes later and continued to speed and overtake other vehicles dangerously.
Roberts' dangerous driving came to an end in Hasker Street in Golden Square, where he left his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was arrested soon after.
A small bag of methamphetamine was found in his sock, while it was discovered the registration plates on his vehicle - which had balding, flat tyres and a broken mirror - had been stolen from a Porsche.
Roberts had only ever held a learner's permit and had been disqualified from driving four months prior.
He was also on a community corrections order and a good behaviour bond at the time.
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He admitted to most of his offending to police after his arrest, telling them he was "driving a bit stupid", but said he wouldn't drive towards a police officer and described the crash with the ute as having "probably only just touched it".
On Tuesday, Roberts pleaded guilty in the County Court to dangerous driving while pursued by police, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, possessing methamphetamine, failing to stop for police, two counts of failing to stop after a crash, driving disqualified, dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime, and using an unroadworthy vehicle.
Defence counsel Eleanor Millar submitted a report to the court in which a neuropsychologist said Roberts' mental impairments were likely significant contributors to his offending.
The court heard Roberts had an intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and an acquired brain injury, which led to poor impulse control and decision-making.
Ms Millar said her client was using ice, GHB and alcohol daily at the time of his crimes, but the underlying impairment was already significant.
She submitted he should receive a term of imprisonment with a longer than usual parole period, so he could benefit from support for his condition when back in the community.
But prosecutor Jordan O'Toole said Roberts had not made use of such help in the past.
The court heard Roberts had a history of similar offending, including police pursuits.
Mr O'Toole said Roberts' rehabilitation was important, but there was also a clear need to protect the community.
The court will continue hearing the matter on another occasion.
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