A man who allegedly rammed a police car before driving through two red lights and at double the speed limit told the Magistrates Court on Wednesday the crash was not his fault.
David Woods, 29, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after a police chase ended in a collision at the intersection of Ginninderra and Aikman Drives.
He was charged with several offences including stealing the red Hyundai i30 he was driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and drug driving. He did not enter any pleas in court on Wednesday.
Special Magistrate Margaret Hunter drew attention to the dangerous scenario of the alleged chase, noting it was at 4pm in a busy Belconnen when Mr Woods allegedly ran two red lights and then hit another car.
This elicited an outburst from Mr Woods in court who said the other vehicle had collided with his car.
"The facts is bullshit," Mr Woods yelled in court.
A police statement of facts tendered in court stated the owner of the red Hyundai reported the car stolen earlier this month.
On Tuesday police attended the Belconnen Mall carpark after reports of two men attempting to steal cars.
When Mr Woods saw police he got into the red Hyundai and allegedly took off from the carpark at speed.
Officers positioned a police car with lights flashing across the carpark exit to block Mr Woods' path. Mr Woods then allegedly crashed through the boom gate and rammed the police car.
It is alleged Mr Woods then took off at speed, narrowly missing other vehicles on Benjamin Way. He then travelled through the Belconnen Bus Interchange onto Emu Bank on the incorrect side of the road, according to police facts.
At the intersection of Emu Bank and Aikman Drive Mr Woods allegedly ran a red light and was driving erratically.
He continued along Aikman Drive to the intersection with Eastern Valley Way where he allegedly made a U-Turn to evade police and caused several motorists to take evasive action.
Police continued chasing Mr Woods along Aikman Drive, where police estimate he was travelling at about 120 kilometres an hour in a 60 kilometre per hour zone.
Mr Woods then allegedly drove into the intersection with Ginninderra Drive, running a red light and colliding with another vehicle with enough force to flip the other vehicle onto its roof.
The force from the initial collision caused Mr Woods to collide with a second vehicle.
Mr Woods then allegedly got out of the red Hyundai and ran from the scene in the direction of Lake Ginninderra.
Police chased Mr Woods through parkland before apprehending him.
He tested positive to drugs and the court heard he told police he consumes about one gram of ice per day.
Mr Woods' duty solicitor made an application for bail on his behalf which the prosecution opposed.
The prosecutor said Mr Woods had shown a blatant disregard for police authority and posed a risk of reoffending and a risk to the community.
"A loss of life was almost likely [due to his driving]," the prosecutor said.
"The defendant is lucky not to be here on more serious charges."
Special Magistrate Hunter agreed that no bail conditions could adequately mitigate the risk and remanded Mr Woods in custody.
He will return to court in June.