A man who led police on a high-speed chase through Albury in a stolen car and later spat in the faces of two officers after his arrest has had his sentence delayed over drug addiction issues.
Joseph Darcy Odonahoo now won’t find out his fate until June 18 after Albury Local Court was told yesterday how he had been accepted into a drug rehabilitation program.
“I’m only 19, I don’t care,” Odonahoo told police. “I just got out (of jail), I will do 12 months standing on my head.”
Odonahoo has pleaded guilty to a series of charges over the incident, including police pursuit, unlicensed driving, refuse or fail to submit to a breath test, two counts of assault police, two of intimidate police and driving a car without consent of the owner.
The court was told that a woman parked her white Honda CRV outside an address in Young Street, Albury, on August 3. It was gone when she returned at 3.30pm, the keys believed to have been dropped beside the car.
At 2.50am police began patrolling Dean Street after receiving reports of the car being driven erratically.
On seeing the police, Odonahoo took off east along Dean Street, went through a red light at David Street and then turned into Young Street on a red light.
He drove at 100km/h in what was a 60km/h zone, hit the same speed in the 50km/h zone of Frauenfelder Street in North Albury then hit up to 120km/h in Waugh Road, another 60km/h zone. Because of his speed Odonahoo lost control of the car as he tried to negotiate a right-hand bend at Logan Road, the vehicle spinning around.
Police blocked the car then used a baton to break open the driver’s side window, after Odonahoo refused to obey directions to get out but instead kept trying to restart the car.
At Albury police station he spat in the face of two officers and issued threats to assault them and the mother of one, alternating between erratic and calm behaviour.
“I have never been arrested sober,” he said before refusing the breath test.
Odonahoo, who appeared via a video link to jail, will be released on bail on the condition he complete the 12-week program.