Man taken for a ride
By RENEE REDMOND
A PASSENGER in a stolen car that was chased by police through Casino and Evans Head appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday.
Scott James McGregor, 21, of Casino, pleaded guilty to riding in the stolen car, but said he did not realise it was stolen until police became involved.
The court heard McGregor had been asked by the two co-accused men, who he had met a few days earlier, if he wanted to go for a drive.
Magistrate Nick Reimer said he would take into account McGregor had no previous court appearances and was usually of good character.
Magistrate Reimer imposed a 12-month good behaviour bond and ordered McGregor to pay $65 court costs.
"It was an unwise thing to do and a very serious matter. Hopefully this will be the only time you'll come before the court," he said.
Police facts said a 2002 Holden Jackaroo reported stolen from Lennox Head on May 19 had been sighted by Casino police four days later.
The court was told that at 7.30pm on May 23, police pursued the Jackaroo through a number of Casino streets, before losing sight of it.
The driver of the stolen car chose to travel the back roads of Coraki, then Evans Head, to escape police.
But during the trip one of the co-offenders made a phone call to an unknown person telling them where they were.
The person called police immediately and the Evans Head police conducted an extensive search of the area before locating the car in Ocean Drive, Evans Head.
The three men were stopped and arrested at 9.50pm.
Police facts said McGregor admitted he had the opportunity to get out of the car safely on a number of occasions, but stayed because he wanted a lift home.
n Monique Jevdenijevic, 30, of Tweed Heads, appeared in Lismore Local Court charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm and negligent driving.
She was charged last December after an accident at Lillian Rock and did not enter a plea.
The case was adjourned to July 25.