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Hoon cries during plea for mercy

A HOON who tore through Warwick streets at speeds of up to 200kmh on Saturday morning sobbed in court yesterday as the threat of jail hung over his head.

The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard Jessie Lou Keymes was clocked travelling at 163kmh in a 100 zone near the Leslie Dam turn-off at the weekend.

When police tried to intercept the 20-year-old's maroon sedan, Keymes hit the accelerator, reaching speeds estimated at up to 200kmh.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa told the court Keymes overtook several cars while on a blind corner and was travelling at such excessive speeds other motorists could not get his number plate.

Keymes continued past the Akooramak Home for the Aged at an estimated 80kmh over the speed limit and appeared to be losing control of his vehicle a number of times.

The police stopped pursuing the Macleay Island man when they deemed it too dangerous.

One witness, who was travelling on the same road with a number of young girls in her vehicle, told police Keymes missed colliding with her by "inches".

Crashing into a power pole in Tooth St was not enough to stop the reckless behaviour, with Keymes spotted accelerating heavily away from the scene.

He was intercepted a short time after while heading toward Stanthorpe.

Keymes received a dressing down from Magistrate Graham Lee yesterday over his reckless driving.

Mr Lee told Keymes he was astounded that nobody was injured or killed during his episode and declared the case to be "one of the most extraordinary and dangerous" cases he had ever seen.

The 20-year-old broke down into tears during yesterday's proceedings, begging the courts not to jail him.

Keymes, who had spent the past three days in custody, was sentenced to nine months jail but was released on parole immediately.

He was also banned from getting behind the wheel for three years and fined $750.

Topics:  hoon, speeding




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