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Ice addict faces court after Cobram spree

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April 05, 2017

A Cobram man remains in custody after an alleged spree of offences in Cobram.

An ice addict who allegedly led police on high speed car chases through Cobram has been warned that he could kill himself, or others, unless he gets clean.

Joey Styles, 25, of Cobram faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court last Thursday on charges related to theft, dangerous driving and breaching a community corrections order.

He was accused of committing a range of crimes while addicted to ice, including stealing a sedan from a Holden dealership, and leading police on two high speed chases.

Leading Senior Constable Kim Talbot said Mr Styles allegedly committed the offences in late February and early March in and around the Cobram area.

On February 27, police allegedly spotted the accused in the Yarrawonga area in a vehicle, resulting in a high speed chase.

‘‘The vehicle has reached speeds in excess of 120km/h,’’ Sen Const Talbot said.

He allegedly got away, before police tracked him down, again in a car on March 1 in Cobram, resulting in another high speed chase.

‘‘Police attempted to intercept the accused, he refused to pull over for police and maintained speeds of 130km,’’ Sen Const Talbot said.

He also allegedly kept the speed up over a hundred as he drove through suburban Cobram, including through a school zone.

When he was eventually arrested he made full admissions at Cobram Police Station to the crimes and confessed to being heavily affected by GHB and ice during the chases.

‘‘The accused made comments that he was so juiced during the driving episodes that he could barely remember who he was with, where it was or when it occurred,’’ Sen Const Talbot said.

Defence solicitor Geoff Clancy said his client’s life had taken a bad turn when he was the victim of a sexual assault in his youth.

‘‘Since then his life has spiralled out of control,’’ Mr Clancy said.

He said after years of drug abuse, which began with cannabis before moving on to ice, his client wanted to get clean and was waiting on a bed in a rehab facility.

Magistrate Peter Mithen said it was lucky he did not kill someone on the road, and he warned the accused that the choice to get clean rested entirely on his shoulders.

‘‘Surely you can see there is a better way to live your life than this?’’ Mr Mithen asked.

As he stood in the dock, Mr Styles said he wanted to get clean as his partner was pregnant and the baby was due in November.

‘‘At 25, you either have a long good life to live, or a long time in custody, the choice is yours,’’ Mr Mithen warned.

The case was adjourned to May 15, with Mr Styles remanded in custody.

—Barclay White

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