A wanted man who leapt from a car at a Corowa COVID-19 border checkpoint, punching a policeman in the face, has been jailed.
Brodie Stoll was handed a two-month term for hitting the officer and two months for resisting arrest.
And to make sure he gets punished for his behaviour, he must serve the two concurrent terms at the end of his existing jail term.
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Stoll won't be released from Junee jail until late July, 2021.
"I think there just has to be some consequence for punching a police officer in the face," magistrate Rodney Brender told Stoll, who appeared in Albury Local Court via a video link to prison.
Mr Brender told Stoll he had a serious recent criminal history.
"It's going to be up to you whether you change your ways or you spend the next 10 or 20 years in jail," he said.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Andrew Coombs argued for extra time in custody for Stoll, rather than allowing him to serve a sentence concurrently with the parole period for which he was now in jail.
"If it was wholly concurrent it would be a free hit," Sergeant Coombs said.
Stoll had seven outstanding warrants for his arrest when he leapt from the back of the car on August 1.
Defence lawyer Camille McKay said it was acknowledged that Stoll "has a lengthy criminal history" that "does not assist him".
But he was also only 22 and had come from a disadvantaged background, she said.
He had also been injured in a car accident, for which he was "self-medicating".
Police told the court that Stoll was homeless when arrested and "was travelling back to NSW after recently (being) released from prison in Victoria".
He was on parole for theft matters in Victoria.
The court was told how police stopped a car with NSW number plates on Federation Way, Corowa, about 4.50am to check whether the occupants had valid permits.
They spoke to the driver and she produced her NSW driver's licence and COVID-19 border permit.
She was ordered to self-isolate for 14 days. Another female passenger also had the correct permit.
The officers then spoke to Stoll, who was in the back seat. He gave his name and an Ashmont address.
A police check revealed he had "a number of warrants, including a revocation of a parole warrant".
He was told he was under arrest and that he had to get out of the car, but he refused.
Stoll slid across the back seat, opened the far-side door and tried to run away.
"Police grabbed the accused's arm, to which the accused twisted his body around in an attempt to break free from the arrest."
Stoll then punched the officer to the nose.