Mandurah man jailed for drug-fuelled, high-speed chase through Halls Head

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A 26-year-old Mandurah man has been jailed for 12 months after leading police on a drug-fuelled, high-speed chase through Halls Head on October 31.

Andrew Jade Bennell pleaded guilty to eight charges including driving while impaired by drugs, having no authority to drive and reckless driving to escape pursuit by police when he appeared via video link from Hakea Prison in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read told the court Bennell reached speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour along the suburban streets of McLarty Road and Peelwood Parade.

Bennell was riding a Honda motorcycle about 11.30pm on the night of Halloween 2018 when police activated lights and sirens to stop the driver.

Bennell failed to comply, accelerating heavily to escape police and driving over the top of roundabouts, down the wrong side of roads and on footpaths.

Ms Read said Bennell nearly fell off his bike multiple times.

"Police were forced to disengage due to safety concerns for the accused and the public," she said.

They later found Bennell lying under the motorbike attempting to hide in sand dunes in Halls Head.

He was arrested and conveyed to Peel Health Campus for medical assessment where he returned a positive reading for high levels of cannabis, methylamphetamine and amphetamines in his system.

Bennell, who represented himself in court, said he had been using methylamphetamine since he was 16, around the same time he lost a leg.

"My upbringing has been difficult but I blame my wrong decisions," he said.

"The jail lifestyle is taking a toll on me.

"I have a baby due in July and I'd like to see her first steps."

Magistrate Anne Longden said Bennell had engaged in "concerning" and "really dangerous behaviour".

"You accept you put lives at risk," she said.

"It is a minor miracle you didn't kill yourself or someone else that day.

"You're obviously an intelligent person so it's a shame you're sitting where you are now."

Ms Longden said a mandatory term of imprisonment must be sentenced because of Bennell's "high risk of reoffending" and his "disregard for safety of yourself and others and the law".

Bennell was sentenced to 12 months in jail, backdated to October 31, fined $800 and his licence was further disqualified for more than five years.