LOCKED UP: Jason Mark Eberle, 49, has been held in custody over drink driving.
LOCKED UP: Jason Mark Eberle, 49, has been held in custody over drink driving. Facebook

Drink driver who led cops on dramatic police chase locked up

A DRINK driver who ran from his car, leading police on a foot chase through a coastal town last year has been taken into custody until a magistrate can decide whether or not he will be sentenced to jail.

Jason Mark Eberle, 49, was more than three-times above the legal alcohol limit when police spotted his ute driving well below the speed limit and swerving from side to side and across the centreline of the road at Noosaville late last year.

Police prosecutor Shane Raison said officers followed the car along Eenie Creek Rd and onto Reef St, and pulled up alongside it when the Buderim man stopped the vehicle, got out and ran off down the street.

"Police exited their vehicle, called on the driver to stop a number of times, however, he continued to run away from police, running into bushes alongside Reef St," Sergeant Raison said.

"Police pursued on foot, apprehended the defendant approximately 100m down the road as he attempted to jump a fence."

Eberle pleaded not guilty to the charge of driving under the influence of liquor in January but changed his plea to guilty on April 26 when he was scheduled to contest the charges in court.

In Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday solicitor Adrian Hawkes said Eberle, who had anxiety and depression issues, must stay out of prison to keep his family afloat.

Eberle's licence was disqualified and he was given a probation order in October last year when he was sentenced for drink-driving just a month before the incident in Noosaville, and he had a history of driving under the influence of alcohol leading back to the 1980s.

Mr Hawkes said there was not much Eberle could say in his defence, and his offending spoke for itself.

"He's been given numerous opportunities to rehabilitate himself and it appears he's not able to," he said.

Magistrate Rod Madsen ordered Eberle be taken into police custody and held until his next appearance on May 31 when it was expected he would be sentenced.

Eberle kissed his wife of 29 years on the cheek before officers led him to the watchhouse.


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