Fleeing Primbee drink-driver gets 18 months' jail

A drunk, disqualified Primbee driver who led police on a pursuit through residential streets before dumping the car and running has been jailed for 18 months.

Denis Hetet had already amassed five convictions for driving while disqualified and three convictions for driving unlicensed when he was caught behind the wheel of the Nissan Skyline on the evening of June 17.

Fact sheets tendered to Port Kembla Local Court on Friday say Hetet came under police notice when he was seen running an orange light at speed at the intersection of Lake Illawarra Road and Leawarra Road at Warilla.

Officers followed Hetet’s vehicle for a short time before activating their warning lights and sirens indicating  the 28-year-old should pull over.

However, he sped off, prompting police to commence a pursuit.

Officers chased him for a short distance along suburban streets, during which time he crossed to the wrong side of the road, travelled at double the 50km/h speed limit and failed to indicate left and right when turning.

Hetet eventually abandoned the car on Commerce Drive and ran into a nearby alleyway.

Officers caught up with him on Osborne Parade and he was arrested and handcuffed.

In court on Friday Hetet pleaded guilty to speeding, a police pursuit, driving while disqualified and driving with a special range concentration of alcohol in his system.

His lawyer, Jonathan Kearney, told the court Hetet had been urged by the car’s passengers to speed away from police as they were in possession of illegal substances  and didn’t want to get caught.

Mr Kearney said Hetet had suffered from a long-held addiction to drugs and alcohol, but wanted to get treatment.

Hetet was given a non-parole period of 10 months. His licence was disqualified for five years.

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