High-speed police chase licence ban set to be lifted
A MAN involved in a 160km/h high-speed chase through the Sunshine Coast is a step closer to holding a licence again.
In 2002 Aidan Andrew Davis, then 19, was sentenced to two years jail, after racking up a "substantial criminal history" from the age of 17, culminating in a high-speed pursuit that stretched about 50km through the main streets of Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra.
During that chase Davis was clocked at 160km/h, speeding through car parks, numerous red lights and at one stage he turned his headlights off on the Bruce Hwy.
The pursuit ended when Davis wrote the stolen vehicle off after crashing into a tree, the District Court judge's sentencing remarks made on August 5, 2002, made it clear Davis was lucky not to have injured or killed someone in what was "an extremely dangerous incident".
He was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver's licence on August 5, 2002, the third of three absolute licence disqualification orders made against him since 2001.
He served the majority of his two-year sentence, before more re-offending, but since 2005 had not been driving and his offending ended.
Davis' rehabilitation began in earnest in 2006 and he is now settled into a 12-year de-facto relationship, a father to three children, including a 15-year-old child suffering cerebral palsy who he is only able to visit occasionally due to his restricted transport abilities.
A permanent casual employee, District Court Judge Gary Long heard that lifting the ban on his licence would also boost his employment status, as it would enable the nearly 34-year-old to drive a work truck.
In Judge Long's reasons - published on November 24 - for his decision to lift the absolute licence disqualification imposed on Davis on August 5, 2002, he said it was "obviously" in the general interest of the community that Davis' rehabilitation and integration into the community continue.
The Queensland Police Commissioner, in responding to Davis' application to have his ban lifted, did not seek to oppose any decision by the Court to remove the disqualification.
Judge Long said it was appropriate to lift the ban, given the lengthy period of absence of Davis' offending and the positive chances of further rehabilitation and stability lifting the ban would give to Davis.