Suspended sentence after police pursuit
A QUEENSLAND man has been handed a nine-month suspended sentence for a police pursuit involving speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour.
About 9.20pm on May25, 2013, Leigh Alwyn Bresson, 31, of Howard, Queensland, was being monitored by PolAir as he drove a stolen Nissan Skyline southbound on the Pacific Hwy, near Palm Beach.
Just after 9.30pm he was seen taking the Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South exit, before police saw Bresson fail to pay for petrol in Tweed Heads.
Bresson pleaded guilty to dishonestly obtaining property by deception, driving recklessly, police pursuit and receiving property stolen outside New South Wales.
On top of his suspended sentence, Bresson was given 28 days to repay the service station the $21.05 still owing.
He appeared before Tweed Court on Friday.
Magistrate Jeff Linden told the court such matters were not treated lightly.
"It happens too often, particularly in this area," he said.