Driver in jail after police chase

A WOOLGOOLGA man is behind bars after leading police on a high speed chase, running stop signs and endangering highway traffic.

James Moore, 21, was yesterday sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of multiple traffic matters, stemming from a pursuit on Sunday morning.

The Coffs Harbour Local Court heard Moore drove at high speed through the town on Sunday morning flying through intersections and running stop signs.

The pursuit over 15 kilometres started at 1.34am after officers attempted to stop the Holden Commodore on the Pacific Highway at the town’s Clarence Street intersection.

Refusing to stop, Moore drove erratically south on the highway, eventually turning off at the southern approach to Sandy Beach.

He sped along Graham Drive before returning to the highway and re-entering Woolgoolga.

Police clocked the vehicle at 145km/h in Beach Street.

A short time later, he stopped the vehicle in Scarborough Street and attempted to flee on foot.

Officers gave chase detaining him in the backyard of a house in McPhee Close and placing him under arrest.

Moore was charged with driving whilst disqualified, driving in a manner dangerous whilst disqualified, exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

The court heard he had recently been released from jail after serving a stint on previous convictions.

By breaking the law, he was found guilty by the magistrate of breaching his parole conditions.

Moore is eligible for release in June next year.

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