Driving high leads to a jail sentence

A man faces a jail sentence after stealing a car while high on speed.
A man faces a jail sentence after stealing a car while high on speed. Alistair Brightman

STEALING a car and driving it while high on speed helped a Queensland man find himself locked up in New South Wales for nine months.

On Monday Jaye Stephen Kornet, 33, fronted the Tweed Heads Local Court via video link from North Coast Correctional Centre on numerous charges.

The court heard he stole a silver Hyundai Getz from a property in Omiston, west of Brisbane on February 14.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Darren Murray said Kornet told police he'd found the car at Cleveland on the side of the road unlocked and with a key in the ignition.

The police car detected the stolen car with number plate recognition software.

On February 20, when police pulled over Kornet near Blundell Blvd Tweed Heads, they noticed his eyes were glazed over and he had slurred speech.

The passenger in the car then told police he and Kornet had "shot up speed" two hours before driving.

Kornet was also driving on a learners licence and failed to display yellow l plates.

The defendant's solicitor Tom Ivey said his client was expecting his first child in May and he wanted to be around for the birth.

"He's been in a defacto relationship for 7 years," he said.

Mr Ivey said his client had a rough past which included a lot of drug and alcohol abuse which was mainly cannabis but sometimes included amphetamines.

He was also in an unsuccessful rehabilitation program in Brisbane last year.

"He tells me he used speed," Mr Ivey said.

"He was driving at a low speed when he was pulled over.

"He has a poor history of dishonesty and traffic matters in Queensland."

Both Mr Ivey and Sgt Murray told the court as soon as his time was served in NSW, Queensland police would extradite him back north as he was on parole with a warrant out for his arrest.

Kornet pleaded guilty to the four charges that included receive property stolen outside NSW worth more than $5000 but less than $15000, drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, learner not accompanied and fail to display l plates.

Kornet appeared unaffected as Magistrate Michael Dakin told him he was imprisoned for eight months for the car theft; he will be eligible for release on October 19.

He was further sentence to three months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 12 month for driving while under the influence of drugs.

Kornet was further charged $500 for driving without a supervisor on his l plates, $83 court costs and $300 for failing to display his l plates.

Topics:  stolen car

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