Sunshine Coast man Corey George Athman was handcuffed when he escaped custody in Brisbane, drove a stolen car to the Sunshine Coast, tailgated another driver who had a child in the car and almost wiped out a packed school bus.
Sunshine Coast man Corey George Athman was handcuffed when he escaped custody in Brisbane, drove a stolen car to the Sunshine Coast, tailgated another driver who had a child in the car and almost wiped out a packed school bus. Trevor Veale

'Menace to society' turned Coast into Grand Theft Auto

ONE of Queensland's most dangerous drivers has been taken off the road permanently.

Sunshine Coast man Corey George Athman's shocking road record is so bad that Judge Brad Farr described him as a 'menace to society' when ordering he be disqualified "absolutely from holding or obtaining a licence".

The 36-year-old's extensive criminal history includes more than 20 dangerous driving and unlawful use of motor vehicle offences as well as violence, drug and theft related crimes.

Athman pleaded guilty on Thursday in Brisbane District Court to nine charges including dangerous driving, possessing counterfeit money, attempted fraud and break and enter offences.

Judge Brad Farr sentenced Athman to four years with parole after 22 months.

In one of his high-speed escapes, Athman fled police custody in Brisbane by jumping out of a police station window that was about 5m off the ground on May 1, 2009.

Still wearing handcuffs, Athman stole a car from a woman in a carpark, drove it to the Sunshine Coast, tailgated and harassed another driver who had a child in their car and almost wiped out a packed school bus.

In August 2015, he stole two cars in four hours and drove them erratically on some of Brisbane's busiest thoroughfares, hitting at least six cars, running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed and swerving into oncoming traffic.

By day's end he had flipped the first car in a creek and rammed the second into a parked vehicle three times.

He ended his crime spree by dragging the rammed car's driver from her Mazda, stealing it and continuing his road rampage until police caught him.

Judge Farr noted Athman was so drug affected that police declined to interview him until he sobered up.

"The offending conduct put the safety and well-being of many others at risk," Judge Farr said.

"It would have been frightening for others to witness.

"Your criminal history demonstrates that you have long been a menace to society.

"These offences add to that perception."

Barrister Sam Di Carlos urged Judge Farr to give his client a lenient sentence, saying he had been trying to turn his life around in the lead-up to the August 2015 offences.

The offences breached parole and when he was returned to jail he spent a lot of time in hospital from the "mental health" impacts of a car accident last year, Mr Di Carlos said.

The counterfeit money and fraud charges relate to Athman's attempt to buy goods using a fake $100 note.

"You've spent a large portion of your adult life in custody and those sentences appeared to have had precious little impact upon on you," Judge Farr said.

With time served, he will be eligible for release in November this year.

- NewsRegional

News Corp Australia


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