A judge has jailed a man for more than three years, for leading police on a dangerous pursuit through residential streets.
Graeme John Roberts was sentenced in the County Court on Friday for the crimes he committed on September 25 last year.
On that day, police followed the 22-year-old into Neangar Court, Eaglehawk to arrest him over outstanding matters.
Two vehicles were parked in the middle of the road to prevent Roberts driving out of the cul-de-sac, but Roberts attempted to leave anyway.
He mounted the kerb and hit the open door of a police vehicle, which struck an officer who was trying to get inside the car.
She suffered injuries to her hip, shoulder, knees and ribs, and continues to experience pain.
"Your offending is not without consequence and has had a significant impact on her," Judge George Georgiou told Roberts.
Roberts also came close to hitting another officer on a motorbike.
For the 27 minutes that followed, he led police on a high-speed chase through residential and bush areas in Eaglehawk, Epsom, North Bendigo, Golden Square and Long Gully.
Roberts - who had never held a licence and was banned from obtaining one - overtook vehicles on bends, over double lines, and on the left-hand side, including on dirt shoulders.
At times he drove towards oncoming traffic, and reached speeds of more than 100 km/h - at one point, he hit 144 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Howard Street, and while on Sparrowhawk Road he reached 137 km/h in the 60 km/h zone.
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During the chase, Roberts hit two vehicles but failed to stop, and almost collided with a police officer on a motorcycle when he lost control making a turn.
"There can be little doubt that the manner and speed at which you drove whilst being pursued by police was extremely dangerous and highly reprehensible," Judge Georgiou said.
Roberts pulled up in Hasker Street, Golden Square and fled on foot, but was arrested a short distance away.
He later said he stopped because the car had no petrol and three flat tyres, and began to fear he might hurt someone.
When arrested, Roberts was found with a small amount of methamphetamine.
He told a neuropsychologist he had been using cannabis, methamphetamine and GHB at that time, and had used the latter two drugs on the day of his offending.
The registration plates on the car were believed to have been stolen.
Roberts pleaded guilty to dangerous driving while pursued by police, recklessly exposing an emergency worker to risk by driving, two counts of 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.
Judge Georgiou noted Roberts had an "appalling" criminal history that featured numerous driving offences, including dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving unlicensed and disqualified, and dangerous driving while pursued by police.
A neuropsychologist said Roberts had cognitive and behavioural impairments that likely had a significant impact on his offending, reporting he had difficulty with impulse control and weighing up different options.
Judge Georgiou accepted this, but said Roberts' drug use also played a large role in his behaviour.
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Rehabilitation was an important consideration given Roberts' young age, he said, but judged his prospects to be guarded.
Judge Georgiou said Roberts entered early guilty pleas, and he was genuinely remorseful.
He sentenced Roberts to three years and three months' imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years and two months.
Roberts had already served 317 days at the time of sentencing.
But for his guilty plea, Roberts would have faced up to four years in prison.
He was also disqualified from driving for three years.