LUKE Robin will be in a NSW jail until December and then faces the prospect of extradition to Victoria for other criminal offences.
Robin, 21, from Wodonga, has been in custody since his arrest on February 19 and was sentenced in Albury Local Court yesterday on a series of charges, including failing to stop in a police pursuit and car theft.
Magistrate Alex Mijovich told Robin: “The reality of this is you still have not grown up”.
“What has set you off in the last 12 months, I have no idea.”
Mr Mijovich told Robin that further offending in the future will mean a revolving prison door for him.
Robin was on a three-month suspended sentence for car theft and did not comply with conditions.
He was sentenced to a three-month jail term backdated to his arrest date and received a term of one month for the theft of petrol from a service station.
Robin received a six-month jail term from June 19 on another car theft matter and two months for the police pursuit.
He was fined $1000 for unlicensed driving, was disqualified for three years and received a $500 fine for throwing objects at a police vehicle.
The court was told in tendered police facts that a warrant was issued for Robin in Albury Local Court on August 26 last year for traffic matters.
A silver Commodore was reported stolen from a Wodonga residence on February 19.
Detectives from Wodonga were making enquiries in West Albury about 7.20pm that day when they saw the car travelling towards them.
It was driven at high speed by a co-accused and was seen by an Albury highway patrol officer doing about 100km/h on Gap Road at Glenroy.
A short time later, the vehicle was seen at a nearby intersection and Robin was in the back passenger seat on the driver’s side.
The Commodore passed in front of a police car, Robin raised his two middle fingers and appeared to be yelling something.
When police activated their lights and followed, Robin leaned the entirety of his torso out of the car and began throwing aerosol cans.
The chase ceased and later when the vehicle was seen in Lavington, Robin was driving and the only occupant.
Police followed him and found the car crashed into a gutter in Fairview Drive with both front tyres flat.
Units from from NSW and Victoria converged on the area and arrested Robin along with another man at a nearby house.
Solicitor Tim Hemsley said Robin’s driving stemmed from an over abundance of youth, exuberance and testosterone.
“He still expresses a great love of cars,” he said.
But he said Robin will be unable to drive for a number of years which will be a real punishment.
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