A WANGARATTA driver who fled police in Tone Road and was followed along the Hume Freeway by police helicopter to Melbourne, where he was arrested at gunpoint, has been given a nine month jail sentence.
Jordan Omozusi, 21, appeared in Wangaratta Magistrates Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including the most serious charge of dangerous/negligent driving while being pursued by police.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Heath Dosser told the court that police observed Omozusi driving along Tone Road on January 8.
The court heard that the defendant, whose probationary driving licence was suspended, was wanted over a series of alleged driving offences, including travelling at up to 135 km/h in 60km/h zones in Wangaratta in recent weeks.
Ld Sen Const Dosser said that on January 8, Omozusi accelerated away at around 130km/h in an 80km/h zone, with police choosing not to pursue him.
The court heard he continued to speed along the Hume Freeway, using the left hand lane to overtake, and driving in the emergency lanes to pass vehicles.
Omozusi then erratically wove his way around Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs for around an hour from 2pm, driving on the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic, driving along nature strips, cutting across lanes of traffic and at one point going the wrong way around a roundabout.
Ld Sen Const Dosser said Omozusi narrowly avoided pedestrians as well as a bus and several other vehicles before a collision with a light blue sedan in Braybrook ended his joyride.
The court heard the driver of the light blue sedan suffered an ankle injury and minor shock and Omozusi failed to stop to assist the victim.