A BENDIGO man who stole a car and crashed it six days later has avoided more time in prison.
Tennyson Woods, 22, was sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Friday after he pleaded guilty to seven charges including theft of a motor vehicle, careless driving, and failing to render assistance.
The 22-year-old stole a Toyota Camry from a Balwyn address on February 5 this year.
On February 11, Woods was driving the stolen Camry along Stud Road in Wantirna, in the state's south-east, when he crashed into the back of another vehicle.
The driver of that car was injured in the collision and taken to hospital. Woods fled the scene of the crash and failed to assist the injured victim.
Police located and arrested the 22-year-old a short time later. He was searched and police found two ziplock bags containing a crystal substance believed to be ketamine, along with the keys to the stolen Camry.
Woods admitted to taking the drug ice the day prior to the crash. The 22-year-old was on a community corrections order at the time of the offending.
Magistrate Russell Kelly in June deferred sentence to give Woods a chance to avoid a lengthy jail term with a non-parole period.
The 22-year-old was released on bail to see if he could comply with his current corrections order.
Defence lawyer Robert Morgan on Friday said Woods had done "exceptionally well" on the order and had gone above and beyond with his alcohol and drug counselling programs.
Mr Morgan said the 22-year-old had also complied with all of the strict bail conditions and had not committed any further offences.
The corrections prosecutor confirmed Woods had been "doing excellently" and said it was a "pleasure" to provide such a positive corrections report to the court.
Mr Morgan said Woods had already served 120 days of pre-sentence detention before he was released on bail in June, which could be considered for sentence.
Mr Kelly said it was clear that Woods was a "success story".
"You've made your own on this one so keep up the good work," the magistrate said.
Mr Kelly convicted and sentenced Woods to 120 days in jail, which were reckoned as already served. Woods will also need to complete the remainder of his 18-month community corrections order.
Woods' licence was cancelled and disqualified during his last court appearance.
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