Convicted meth dealer sentenced for wild highway police pursuit

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Between March 10 and May 25 2020 Aron Neville Wilson engaged in a series of offences, including receiving tainted property, stealing, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evasion, unlawful use and possession of a motor vehicle and wilful damage.In Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Tuesday the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to a total of 24 offences.During the “intense period of offending” police attempted to intercept Wilson on the New England Highway on May 20, 2020, after he turned in front of their vehicle and accelerated harshly.The court was told the police vehicle had to take action to avoid the collision and Wilson sped away, hitting speeds of 120km/h on the wrong side of the road failing to stop as police activated lights and sirens to intercept the vehicle.Five days later on May 25 police caught up to Wilson and apprehended him, and a search warrant executed found various items connected to a number of property and drug crimes.Police prosecutor Anita Page said Wilson had been convicted in Toowoomba Supreme Court on June 3 after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in dangerous drugs, five counts of possessing dangerous drugs and unlawful possession of a weapon, where he received a head sentence of six years in jail, with the offences taking place during the same period.However, in sentencing Wilson at the time Justice Martin Burns declared 739 days of pre-sentence custody as time served and made him immediately eligible for parole.Wilson’s solicitor Alan Phillips said his client was a father of three, and had struggled with an addiction to methylamphetamine for “essentially his entire adult life”.“Hopefully this lengthy period in custody has been an opportunity to address his drug use,” Mr Phillips said.Magistrate Clare Kelly sentenced Wilson to the 50 days jail mandatory for an evasion offence, but declared the 95 days in custody since his Supreme Court sentence as time served, with Wilson convicted but not further punished for all other offences.Wilson was also disqualified from holding a driver’s licence for three years, three months. NED-4895 Toowoomba Subscribe Banner

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