Man guilty of dramatic cross-border pursuit appeals verdict
A QUEENSLAND man who was convicted for a dramatic cross-border pursuit has lost his appeal because the judge had never seen a driving record quite like it, a court has heard.
Donald Thomas Bryan Fing, 27, was convicted in July for leading both Queensland and NSW Police on a dramatic car chase from Loganlea, Queensland to Lismore.
Fing had fled from Queensland Police in May in a suspected stolen Mazda 3 at speed.
Polair continued to track the vehicle on the M1 across the NSW border, where it was travelling at speeds of up to 190km/h.
Fing led officers from Chinderah to Murwillumbah then towards Lismore via Nimbin.
After police deployed two sets of road spikes, Fing continued to drive for 35km on the rims of his car towards Lismore before abandoning the vehicle on William Blair Ave, Goonellabah.
He was later arrested when police pursued him on foot with the assistance of the police dog unit.
Upon his arrest, Fing also underwent a roadside drug test which allegedly returned a positive result.
Judge Jeffrey McLennan said during the appeal in the Lismore District Court on Thursday Fing had consistently shown throughout his criminal history he had "no insight at all into his behaviour or addiction".
"In three months, I'll have been 40 years in the criminal justice system, and I've never seen any driving remotely close to it," Judge McLennan said.
"It seems to Mr Fing there wasn't actually a problem, because he claimed nobody's safety was at risk when he chose to drive under the influence."
Fing had been convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 15 months, for not stopping and driving dangerously during a police pursuit.
He was also convicted and sentenced to 9 months in prison for driving recklessly, driving a motor vehicle while disqualified, resisting arrest, possessing a prohibited weapon and using a prohibited weapon, in this case a knuckleduster.
Fing will be eligible for parole August 6, 2021.