No bail for man accused of high-speed police chase

No bail for man accused of high-speed police chase

An ice addict accused of leading police on a 12-minute, high-speed car chase through north Canberra on Saturday has been denied bail.

Brent Ian Guerin, 25, faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday on charges of not stopping when signaled by police, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Police said officers were conducting a routine patrol of Lyneham about 7.45pm on Saturday when they attempted to stop a vehicle acting suspiciously.

But the driver allegedly fled after police activated their emergency lights and sirens.

Police said the car sped through the suburbs of Lyneham, Watson, Ainslie and Dickson – reaching speeds up to 125kmh.

It was eventually stopped near the University of Canberra in Bruce after police used "stop sticks".


Police said Guerin tried to flee on foot but was captured after a short chase.

A police informant told the court on Monday that Guerin was in breach of parole and bail in NSW and after his arrest had told officers he had a one gram a day ice addiction.

The prosecution opposed bail, arguing the defendant was likely to reoffend and unlikely to reappear before the court.

But the defence said the casual roofer would live with his mother and abide by bail conditions.

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker refused the application, saying the “horrendous driving” was a repetition of previous offences.

Ms Walker said the chase had involved running two red lights and had exceeded the speed limit by 60kmh.

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