A DUNOLLY man who allegedly used a sawn-off rifle to shoot at a group in Maryborough has been refused bail.
Josh Snow, 24, appeared in the Castlemaine Magistrates' Court on Friday after he was charged with 40 offences, including conduct endangering life.
Police alleged Mr Snow was driving a stolen Toyota Hilux ute in Maryborough with two passengers about 7.45pm on December 2.
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He allegedly followed another vehicle, which had three people inside, through to the intersection of High and Dodds streets.
The court heard Mr Snow allegedly stopped the vehicle in the middle of the road, pointed a sawn-off rifle out of the driver's side window, and shot in the direction of the other car.
The alleged victims were fearful and tried to flee in the direction of the Maryborough Police Station.
Police alleged Mr Snow followed the group and shot at them a second time through the driver's side window.
The alleged victims continued onto the police station and Mr Snow and the co-accused allegedly drove away in an unknown direction.
The court heard the alleged victims were visibly distraught and crying when they reported the incident to police.
On December 6, police tried to intercept Mr Snow who was allegedly driving through Maryborough. Police alleged he evaded officers and sped off.
The court heard Mr Snow was arrested at a Wedderburn service station on December 21.
Police allegedly found a loaded sawn-off rifle, ammunition, methamphetamine, and cannabis in his possession.
Detectives searched Mr Snow's Dunolly home later that day and allegedly found identification cards and bank documents that had been stolen in a series of burglaries.
Detective Senior Constable Benjamin Mannings told the court Mr Snow should not be granted bail because he was a danger to the community.
Defence lawyer Rebecca Heley said Mr Snow needed to be bailed because he cared for his father who had dementia and other mental health issues.
Ms Heley said Mr Snow had also been accepted into the Court Integrated Services Program, which could provide him drug rehabilitation and supervision while on bail.
The defence lawyer said the charges were still in contention, which could lead to an extended delay in the court proceedings.
But Magistrate Allan Spillane said none of those reasons could be considered exceptional circumstances.
Mr Spillane said it was clear Mr Snow did not care about his father as he was a man who was "unreliable and could not be trusted".
The magistrate refused bail and Mr Snow was remanded in custody. He is due to return to court next month.
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