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TIMELINE: End of road for Gladstone crash driver Hinchey

Shannon Hinchey. Photo Contributed
Shannon Hinchey. Photo Contributed Contributed

SHANNON Hinchey the Gladstone lad who crashed his ute after police stopped their pursuit on Boxing Day then disappeared into the mangroves off Benaraby Road, has been jailed for two years.

Hinchey, still recovering from a broken back after a crash in a stolen 4WD, appeared from jail via video-link before Gladstone magistrate Penelope Hay.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty last month to over 40 offences done in separate incidents between Gladstone, Ayr, Gin Gin and Bargara beach during 2015.

The dozens of offences include unlawful use of two (stolen) vehicles; trespass; assault; three counts of dangerous operation of a vehicle; driving unlicensed; failing to stop for police; stealing fuel; and 14 counts of breaching bail.

His sentence was adjourned then to allow medical documents to be put before the magistrate to consider detailing his diagnosis when a teenager of aspergers and ADHD.

Ms Hay said Hinchey's problems (in reports before her done in 2005) are not mental health related but problems of behaviour, a conduct disorder, and a diagnosis of an anti-social personality disorder.

Taking into account over 40 days he had already spent in custody, Ms Hay sentenced Hinchey to two years jail for the failing to stop offences, and 12 months (served concurrent) for dangerous operation of a vehicle.

He must serve eight months and Ms Hay set his parole release date at September 17.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said there did not seem to be much of a nexus between his medical diagnosis as a child to that of the now 27-year-old.

He said Hinchey showed a "contemptous nature" in his driving.

"The offences span six months and demonstrate his wilful disregard of police when it comes to driving," Ms Hay said.

"He was injured in the course of a dangerous operation of a motor vehicle but this was not sufficient to dissuade him to stop committing these offences.

"His method of driving was calculated to evade police, twice driving at police, once driving at a police vehicle (Dawson Highway). I note this was a slow moving impact.

"It is fairly astonishing there were no other accidents or injuries.

"He did suffer an injury, fractured back vertebrae and must wear a brace."

Ms Hay also noted that his mother said Hinchey had been hit by a car at the age of five.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Hinchey committed his "roller coaster" ride of offences when he failed to take his medications and took illicit drugs.

He said Hinchey's new girlfriend would assist in trying to pull him out of failing to take his medication and hopefully to become a useful citizen.

Ms Hay also said Hinchey was unemployed and had no capacity to pay fines.

Hinchey will be subject to 24 months of supervised parole, which Ms Hay said would give support to his mother to help him overcome his drug issues and to become a functional member of the Gladstone community.

He was disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay over $150 restitution for three petrol drive-offs.

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