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Offender fled police in vehicle with no back wheels

PLANT operator Matthew Cattell will be sentenced today for driving away from police, without rear tyres, fleeing into bushland.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Merilyn Hoskins told the Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday that Cattell had travelled 100m down Flounder Cr on November 15 while police tried to intercept him.

"He was travelling (on a dirt road) parallel with Gladstone-Benaraby Rd for approximately 400m and onto another dirt road."

Sgt Hoskins told the court he stopped the car on a hill before fleeing into bushland.

"The defendant was identified by police but they were unable to locate him," she told the court.

"He had a number of ample locations to pull over."

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Cattell, 20, and his partner were having a fight before he got in the car.

"Instead of engaging in a verbal argument he removed himself from the situation," Mr Pepito told the court.

"That's when he made the wrong decision - driving with no tyres at the back of the vehicle."

Mr Pepito told the court Cattell had accepted responsibility for his actions and pleaded guilty.

"He knows that his behaviour was silly," he said.

"My client's history ... most are traffic offences; there's only two pages and he knows he is facing two years of disqualification."

Cattell remained in custody overnight and will be sentenced at the Gladstone Magistrates Court this morning.

Topics:  crime, gladstone magistrates court, gladstone police, offbeat, police chase




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