18, off the road until 2025

ALBURY teenager Christopher Zachary Romeril was drug-affected, rude and threatening after crashing his scooter into a letterbox and retaining wall in a cul-de-sac at Lavington in December, a court heard yesterday.

He was on a 50cc scooter and being pursued by police for the second time in successive days.

When he fell off the scooter, police handcuffed him and his threatening comments began.

He looked at one officer and said: “I want baldy to search me.”

Romeril was put in a caged truck and told an officer: “I’m going to kill you and your whole family, your kids, your dog and even your fish.”

Other vulgar remarks relating to performing sexual acts on family members.

Romeril, 18, has been refused bail since his arrest on December 28 and appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court.

He previously pleaded guilty to failing to stop in a police pursuit, dangerous driving, two counts of disqualified driving, failing to comply with a police direction to stop and intimidating a police officer.

Romeril refused to stop when flagged to pull over in Kaitlers Road, Lavington, about 9.45pm.

There was a pursuit and police arrested him in Michelle Avenue after he crashed.

He admitted he had been riding the scooter the previous day and told police: “You couldn’t catch me yesterday”.

Police had tried to stop him for a random breath test in David Street about 6.45pm.

But Romeril veered from the left-hand lane into the right lane when travelling south and then to the wrong side of the road to avoid an officer.

He went through a red light at the North Street intersection and turned into a parking area near the J.C. King netball courts.

Romeril rode along a bicycle and walking track.

Solicitor Andrea MacDonald said Romeril was probably putting himself in more danger than the public.

Magistrate Tony Murray said the comments to police were disgraceful and put Romeril on a two-year bond on the intimidation charge.

He was convicted and received a 16-month jail term, with minimum of nine months, on the other charges.

Romeril was disqualified for another four years, extending his ban until March 1, 2025.

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