Trevor Veale

Driver's naked police chase

LISMORE police copped an eyeful after chasing a black Mazda 2 that sped through 27 intersections before finally stopping after blowing two tyres.

Its driver was found naked, except for his runners and socks.

When asked by the officers why he was naked, Steven Kazmar-Hall replied: “For the fun of it.”

Kazmar-Hall, 24, of Goonellabah, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday to four offences: Reckless driving/speed dangerous at 1.20am on September 26 last year; mid-range drink-driving (0.115); unlicensed driving; and disobeying a police request to stop for a breath test.

Kazmar-Hall received a nine-month jail sentence, immediately suspended, and was placed on a nine-month good behaviour bond.

Police facts stated the naked driver failed to pull over at an RBT on Ballina Road.

Despite indicating and changing lanes Kazmar-Hall drove straight past police and was immediately pursued by officers with sirens and lights flashing.

His speed as he headed east was recorded at 115km/h in a 60km/h zone, then 105km/h through the roundabout at Rotary Drive before reaching 142km/h – still in a 60 zone.

Police said that as Kazmar-Hall attempted to negotiate a right-hand bend near Bruxner Crescent he lost control of the Mazda and ‘fishtailed for 100 metres’ across two lanes before regaining control. His speed was then recorded at 135km/h in the 60 zone before his Mazda passed another car at 110km/h.

When Kazmar-Hall tried to go through the roundabout at Gordon Blair Drive at 100km/h police said his Mazda mounted the kerb of the roundabout before mounting another kerb, causing his two passenger-side tyres to deflate.

However, there was no stopping Kazmar-Hall, with police saying the Mazda was still driven at speed between 80km/h and 100km/h with the driver using both lanes to maintain his control of the car before he finally pulled over.

Magistrate Robyn Denes also fined Kazmar-Hall $500 and disqualified him from driving for three years until February 2013.

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