A 46-year-old man has been jailed for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and evading police in Mooloolaba.
A 46-year-old man has been jailed for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and evading police in Mooloolaba. FILE

Speedy Gonzalez takes the high road to jail

POLICE were waiting when Leonardo David Gonzalez returned to his car just hours after being charged with driving under the influence of methamphetamine.

They tried to stop him as he drove onto Venning St in Mooloolaba on August 27 last year but he did not heed their calls, instead accelerating away.

Gonzalez, 46, spun his wheels and slid sideways from a car park, cutting across two lanes of traffic.

He continued towards Goonawarra Dr but was slowed by a vehicle in front of him trying to turn right.

Gonzalez then went to the left side of the waiting vehicle before turning right in front of it, causing the other driver to stop awkwardly and dangerously in a lane of oncoming traffic.

Police stopped their pursuit but caught up with Gonzalez about 15 minutes later at a Mountain Creek home.

They arrested him and took him back to the Maroochydore police station watchhouse but he refused to provide saliva for a drug test.

That incident, as well as other less-serious matters committed in Mooloolaba earlier in August last year brought Gonzalez before Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant David Bradley said Gonzalez had been given a 24-hour licence suspension at 10.40am on the day of the most serious incident and was back in his car at 2.22pm.

"He decided he was good to drive again,” Snr Sgt Bradley said.

He said Gonzalez had shown a reckless indifference for other road users and public safety.

Defence solicitor Anna Smith said her client was receiving treatment for mental health issues and had been off his medication at the time.

Ms Smith said Gonzalez was back on his medication and had not committed any offences in the past 14 months.

She said Gonzalez panicked when he saw police behind him and that was why he evaded them.

Magistrate Rod Madsen noted Gonzalez had been caught speeding more than 20kmh over the limit while on bail for the evading police and dangerous driving offences.

Gonzalez was sentenced to nine months in jail to be released after serving 50 days.

He was also disqualified from driving for at least two years.

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