Court tells teen he ‘ran like a dog’

GYMPIE magistrate M. Baldwin told teenager Matthew Johne Buchanan he "ran like a dog" when he tried to escape police who spotted him as a passenger in a stolen vehicle.

"There's a difference between doing something wrong and not owning up to it," Mrs Baldwin said about the March 22 incident where Buchanan was one of two men who took off in a stolen vehicle from Gympie's Hungry Jacks car park, which led to a police chase on foot.

Appearing at Gympie Magistrates Court via video link from Maryborough Correctional Centre on May 4, Buchanan, 17, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a vehicle, obstructing police and breaching his bail.

The court heard the teenager had not been aware the vehicle was stolen, but Mrs Baldwin shed light on his history and warned him he had to stop hanging around "the wrong types".

She told him he had some big thinking to do and that his past 41 days in custody was time he would never get back.

The defendant was jailed for four months with immediate parole release and placed on two years probation for the March 22 offences. He was given a further one month jail, suspended for 12 months, for breaching bail on March 31.

Gympie Times

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