A dangerous driver has claimed he was psychotic when he rammed several police cars.
A dangerous driver has claimed he was psychotic when he rammed several police cars. MaxPixel

Driver claims he was psychotic when he rammed police cars

A MAN accused of a dangerous driving rampage through three suburbs has claimed he was suffering drug-induced psychosis at the time.

Nigel Scott McPherson, 36, is facing 11 charges including three counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle, two counts of assault police and single counts of driving under the influence, evade police, and possession of a knife in a public place committed on October 12.

McPherson is accused of driving dangerously in Buderim, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore as well as ramming and side swiping two police cars.

He came to police attention about 6am when he was driving the wrong way down Alexandra Pde.

McPherson pleaded guilty to the charges in Maroochydore Magistrates Court three days after committing the crimes and was was due to be sentenced yesterday, but asked the matter be adjourned pending a psychiatric assessment.

Police prosecutions opposed the adjournment as they were ready to proceed to sentence and McPherson declined to engage in a mental health assessment after he was charged.

Lawyer James Allen of Anderson Fredericks Turner told the court a psychiatric assessment of McPherson wouldn't be used as a defence, but instead as mitigation.

He added the psychosis McPherson told him he felt he was under lasted for several days.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin adjourned the matter to February 1.



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