Scooter bandit pleads guilty to pursuits

ALBURY teenager Christopher Zachary Romeril will remain in jail while a pre-sentence report is prepared on him for sentencing on a series of driving matters.

Romeril, 18, was refused bail in Albury Local Court on December 30 after he was arrested by police following a pursuit at Lavington on December 28 and other matters the previous day.

He pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court yesterday 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.

He took off down Kaitlers Road on a motorised scooter and continued onto Prune Street before doing a lap of the Lavington Square car park.

He then crossed Wagga Road to ride down Kaylock Road, Moore Street and Union Road, where he travelled on the wrong side of the road.

Romeril was arrested after crashing the scooter in Michelle Avenue.

He admitted he had been riding it 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 on December 27.

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 trying to direct him to the kerb.

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 the scooter along a bicycle and walking track to get away.

Magistrate Tony Murray has adjourned sentencing until February 18 for Romeril, who is banned from driving until March 1, 2016.