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Man admits leading police on chase

A Warwick man this morning admitted multiple charges in connection to a police chase which took place yesterday.

Stevon Lightbourne, 28, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to charges of assaulting police, dangerous driving, speeding, driving in a dangerous manner and driving while disqualified among offences.

The court heard that at around 5.30pm yesterday, officers were monitoring traffic on South Road in Devonshire, near the entrance to Happy Talk Lane, when they saw Lightbourne travelling west at a high rate of speed.

After recording Lightbourne travelling at 75km/h, a motorcycle officer followed him, signalling the defendant to stop.

Lightbourne slowed down as if he was going to stop, but then suddenly accelerated, leading to a high-speed chase in which he overtook numerous vehicles causing traffic in the oncoming lane to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

The chase ended when Lightbourne attempted to perform a U-turn, causing a collision with another vehicle.

The court heard Lightbourne then attempted to flee on foot but was grabbed by an officer, leading to a scuffle which ended only after a second officer became involved.

While Lightbourne pleaded guilty to a total of six offences including assaulting a police officer, speaking in court he said: “I never assaulted no body. I never ran.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered that a Social Inquiry Report be carried out on Lightbourne, releasing him on $5,000 bail with a like surety until April 4, when he is set to be sentenced.

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Magistrates' Court (file photograph)