A DRIVER who allegedly evaded police multiple times during a high-speed chase has been denied bail.
Riddells Creek resident Mark White, 30, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. He has been charged with 13 offences, including driving at a dangerous speed and failing to stop on police direction.
The court heard on Saturday morning, Mr White was allegedly driving a Toyota LandCruiser along the Calder Highway in Bridgewater.
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Police patrolling in the area noticed the car resembled an outstanding stolen vehicle.
The officers pulled up behind Mr White's vehicle and followed him for about 25 kilometres because it was unsafe to pull the car over.
Police then activated lights and sirens when they got to the Calder Alternative Highway.
Mr White drove another 100 metres before he allegedly accelerated, travelling at 135km/h in a 100km/h zone.
He allegedly sped through a roundabout and drove west along the Bendigo-Maryborough Road for about 20 kilometres before performing a u-turn and heading back towards Bendigo.
Police were stationed at the roundabout with the Calder Alternative Highway and Lockwood Road, but Mr White allegedly evaded police again. It was alleged he was travelling at 135km/h.
The court heard the police air wing monitored Mr White as he allegedly sped down the Calder Alternative towards Castlemaine.
It was alleged he performed another u-turn and started driving back towards Bendigo.
Police had set up spike strips on the highway near Lockwood, but Mr White allegedly avoided the spikes and continued speeding west on the Wimmera Highway.
The court heard Mr White allegedly drove the car into bushland near Tarnagulla and attempted to hide.
Police located and arrested the 30-year-old a short time later. He told officers he was prospecting for gold.
Police alleged the vehicle had been stolen from a Golden Square address last month. The number plates on the LandCruiser were also allegedly stolen.
The court heard Mr White was on two counts of bail at the time of the alleged offending.
He was remanded in custody after he declined to be formally interviewed at the Bendigo Police Station.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie told the court Mr White should not be granted bail because he was an unacceptable risk of endangering the public.
Mr White, who was representing himself in court, told the magistrate he had a stable and supportive family.
Mr White said he had been injured in a crash in December and was receiving medical treatment for his back injury.
But Magistrate Megan Aumair said she was not satisfied Mr White should be released on bail.
Ms Aumair said the allegations were "very, very serious" and the prosecution's case seemed strong.
She said Mr White was likely to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment if he was found guilty or pleaded guilty to the charges.
Mr White was remanded in custody. He is due to return to the Bendigo Magistrates' Court in May.
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