A Lavington man’s mad high-speed drive on the wrong side of the road was the product of a 30-year drug and alcohol addiction, a court has heard.
That was the background spelled out by David Allan Wayne Burdack’s solicitor in Albury Local Court this week.
The 50-year-old’s problem with methamphetamine use in particular so concerned his daughters that they wanted Burdack to give himself up. But instead, he ran out the back door of the home of one of his daughters and jumped a fence after police came to the front door.
Sascha McCorriston, for Burdack, said it was clear from a pre-sentence report that he had “a number of issues” with drugs and alcohol.
“He has now got an insight into that addiction and it’s certainly something he does not want to go back to.”
Burdack pleaded guilty to drive vehicle recklessly/speed/manner dangerous and drive a vehicle with an illicit drug present in system.
His latest escapade unfolded on April 18 about 9.30pm as a woman drove east on Thurgoona Drive, just past Travelstop Way, in Lavington. She saw a station station wagon approach from behind at speed.
Suddenly the car, with Burdack at the wheel, overtook her, narrowly avoiding a collision, then continued on the wrong side of the road – at up to 112km/h – before reaching the roundabout at the Hume Highway intersection.
The woman was near Bogong Street in Thurgoona when she saw Burdack’s car doing burnouts.
Soon after, police went to a house in Guthega Court.
While standing at the front door they saw Burdack inside sitting on a couch.
Burdack went into another room as his daughter answered their inquiries.
The officers then heard another woman say: “Dad, you can’t run from this. Come back and deal with it now.”
One of them rang police later that night when Burdack tried to get into the house. He was taken to Albury hospital and scheduled as a patient under Section 22 of the Mental Health Act.
Burdack was placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond and disqualified from driving for 18 months.