Driver denies car chase

A LEARNER driver accused of driving through the Merbein Caravan Park to escape police “denies it was a pursuit”, a court has heard.

Jayden Lee Day will appear at a contested hearing in the Mildura Magistrates’ Court next month to dispute allegations he tried to get away from police after they caught him driving without a supervising driver.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Matt Pardon said officers saw Day use an ATM in Merbein before getting back into the ute he was driving and heading off on Box Street.

When police attempted to intercept him, Day accelerated and made a sharp right turn into the caravan park.

Ldg Sen Constable Pardon said Day was travelling between 40 and 50km/h through the caravan park, which has a posted advisory speed limit of 5km/h.

Day parked his ute in the caravan park before fleeting on foot through Kenny Park reserve, the court was told.

Police found Day’s wallet, containing his learner’s permit, in his abandoned ute.

Day was later found at Old Wentworth Road, taken back to the caravan park by another police officer and arrested.

He told police he was due to take his driving test the next day and thought Merbein was the best place to go for a drive and “practise some 10 and two”.

“I sorta knew it was youse (sic) already before you put on the lights,” Day allegedly told police.

Defence counsel Bert Hilton-Wood said Day was not driving dangerously and that the Merbein Caravan Park was unlikely to have been highly populated when the incident occurred, on the evening of June 28.

Mr Hilton-Wood said while his client “had a bit of an idea” the police were trying to pull him over, “he denies it was a pursuit”.

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