Car jacking accused appears in court ( admin posted on June 13th, 2018 )

Michael Terry Besant, the 23-year-old Port Augusta man accused of taking part in a high-speed police chase, appeared in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court today.
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Police prosecutor Sonya Wellings explained to Magistrate David Whittle that they opposed bail, considering the seriousness of the offences.

She told Magistrate Whittle how Besant tried to carjack three vehicles near Port Germein. It was on his third attempt that he was successful.

“By 7:10pm, police were notified and road spikes were set-up,” she said.

“He drove around the spikes.”

She said police engaged in a high-speed pursuit with Besant, who reached speeds of up to 165 kilometres per hour.

“Police took evasive action,” she said.

Police arrested a 23-year-old Port Augusta man after a car jacking and a pursuit near Port Pirie.

Magistrate Whittle heard how Besant was driving on the wrong side of National Highway One and veered in front of B-Double trucks.

Wellings said the victim of the robbery was distraught and shocked.

Magistrate Whittle ordered a bail inquiry report and a home detention report.

Besant was remanded in custody until he appears in the Port Augusta Magistrates Court on Thursday.

How it unfolded…

On Saturday night, police were advised of a petrol theft at Port Augusta, with the suspect traveling south along Spencer Highway (National Highway One) in a black Commodore.

The car suffered a flat tyre and the suspect forced a man from a blue Toyota sedan near the Port Germein Golf Club, after unsuccessfully trying to steal another car from a woman.

The suspect continued south on the Augusta Highway near Warnertown where he was pursued by police when he failed to stop. The stolen car was then followed onto a dirt road and followed for about 6km towards Mundoora before he lost control of the stolen Toyota and it rolled.

Police quickly arrested the 23-year-old man without further incident.

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