A "HEROIN addict" who blames his return to drug use for his repetition has been detained for 15 months.
Luke Arthur Blackburn, 33, pleaded guilty to three video link charges before the Maroochydore Magistrates Court, including illegal use of a motor vehicle and evasive action.
Senior Constable Lee Allen informed the court of this. On May 18, Blackburn stole a vehicle from Peregian Beach and on May 19 avoided the police at Coolum Beach, where Blackburn raced away after noticing that the police approached the vehicle on foot.
"The police chased the stolen vehicle but the persecution was discontinued due to the suspect's driving behavior, which indicated the police motivated the suspect to avoid concern," he said.
“The police found the vehicle badly damaged early in the morning. This damage was caused by a high-speed collision in a guardrail that triggered the airbags and caused significant damage to the front end. "
The court heard that Blackburn was convicted of multiple illegal uses of motor vehicles for crimes in its criminal history.
In April 2018, a victim drove a vehicle in Bundaberg and saw a man attacking a woman. The court heard that it was Blackburn and his mother. The victim stopped the vehicle to help the woman and left his keys in the ignition and door open. Blackburn then got into the vehicle and drove off.
The court also heard in April 2018 that a lady in a parking lot at a shopping center had left her groceries in her vehicle with her seven-year-old son, leaving her keys in the ignition. Blackburn entered the driver's seat of the vehicle. The victim leaned on the passenger side and tried to pull the keys from the ignition, and Blackburn accelerated forward, the trunk still open and the victim half in the car.
He was imprisoned for 12 months for this crime.
In April 2018, Blackburn stole a vehicle, fell asleep while driving and crashed into a paddock. He was detained for nine months.
Duty attorney Michael Robertson informed the court that Blackburn's drug story began at the age of 16.
"He has been addicted to heroin for more than 10 years." he said.
“It is difficult for him to avoid drugs in prison. He keeps using it in jail and still has a habit of being released. "
Mr. Robertson said that there was a period of five years in Blackburn's history in which he was not insulted again until he became involved in a" stupid scheme "" and tried his brother in prison in 2016 to provide with drugs.
"He's been back in the drug scene since then and his meth habit has returned," he said.
The court heard that Blackburn only moved to the Sunshine Coast in May after being contacted by his ex-girlfriend to deliver their drugs.
Magistrate Hayden Stjernqvist had harsh words for insulting his drug use and relapse.
"The problem with people like you who are drug addicts, there is absolutely no empathy or consideration for anyone in the community," he said.
"It was really a serious violation of the illegal use of motor vehicles, especially the lady in the mall in the parking lot with her son."
Blackburn was detained for 15 months, with convictions
His 24 days in custody were declared and he was released on October 22, 2020 on probation.
Blackburn was also banned from driving for two years.