Jail ‘blessing’ for ice addict

BEING locked up in jail is rarely seen as a good thing but for David James Horsfall the decision by magistrate Mark Morrow to deny his bail three months ago was a blessing.

It was a high-speed and reckless road trip from Bundaberg to Gladstone that landed Horsfall in police custody and which he blamed on a severe ice addiction.

Gladstone Magistrates Court heard yesterday the chase started at Burnett Heads on January 8 in Horsfall's unregistered and uninsured car.

Police tried to pull him over but he accelerated away and police called off the chase.

By the time Horsfall reached Miriam Vale police there were looking for him.

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When they found him, he put the car into reverse and accelerated towards them, slammed on the brake and swore at police before speeding off.

"He was overtaking multiple vehicles on double lines and causing them to swerve out of the way to avoid an accident," police prosecutor Gavin Reece said.

A "tyre deflation device" was laid across the Bruce Hwy at Benaraby to stop him but he went around it and a police car, continuing on his way to Gladstone.

In Gladstone he evaded police once more before they arrived at his address and found him inside the house.

At the time he said it wasn't him and he had been home all day but yesterday he pleaded guilty and agreed to all of the facts in the police report.

His solicitor, Cassandra Ditchfield, told the court Horsfall was suffering a fairly severe ice addiction.

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"He was going down a very dark road," she said.

"He has even thanked the magistrate for refusing his bail because he wouldn't have got the help if he had been granted bail."

She said he made the most of his time in jail by attending Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous and was hoping to leave jail and restart his concreting business.

Mr Morrow highlighted Horsfall's relatively good driving record and blamed the incident on a downward spiral as a result of ice.

Horsfall received a 15-month prison sentence and will be eligible for parole on May 19.

He will be disqualified from driving for at least eight years.



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