A TRAIL bike rider who taunted police during a pursuit in Corowa will return to court for sentencing next month.
Keith Ronald Jones appeared before Albury Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the pursuit on June 26 this year.
Jones, 28, also pleaded guilty to two other charges of driving while suspended arising from two separate incidents within days of each other earlier this month.
At the time of all three incidents, his driver’s licence was suspended from May until November for speeding.
The court was told in tendered facts that police spotted a trail bike riding down Sauvignon Drive in Corowa about 7.28pm without lights, indicators or registration plates.
The rider, Jones, sped off when police tried to pull him over, accelerating to between 80 and 90km/h in a 50km/h zone and sticking his middle finger out at police.
A pursuit ensued for about one kilometre, until Jones turned around and faced police — continuing to give “the finger” — allowing the officers to identify him.
Recognising Jones, police stopped the chase and instead drove to his Redlands Road house where they waited for him.
Jones circled the street for another few minutes before he eventually rode up Armour Street, entered via a side gate and ran inside.
He refused to come out, shouting: “I know where you live. I’ll come around later and drive my bike up and down your street.”
As police turned to leave, Jones came outside and yelled from the porch and threw a lighter at one of the officers.
He ran inside when one tried to approach him, saying “You’re not going to lock me up tonight”, and that he’d attend the police station the next day to “sort it out”.
Jones attended on July 1 and declined to be interviewed.
He came to police attention again this month when he was pulled over for a breath test on Honour Avenue, about 9.30am on October 4.
He admitted his licence had been suspended and told police he “just went to buy some smokes”.
Three days later, on October 7, he was caught driving while suspended again — this time with his 10-month-old daughter in tow.
His partner called police to tell them Jones had driven off after the couple had an argument.
Magistrate Tony Murray ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared and that Jones reappear for sentencing on November 5.