Jail and parole for series of driving, drunken offences
FROM throwing a drink in a nightclub, life went down a slippery slope for a local man sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Casey Sion Mikl faced nine charges which ranged from drunk and disorderly behaviour in a licensed premises to the dangerous operation of a vehicle.
The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges, for which he had already spent 51 days in pre-sentence custody after being arrested in Gympie on October 18, after crashing a car into a fence attempting to evade a police traffic patrol.
Mikl had already had a brush with the law in July, scuffling with Bojangles nightclub security who were trying to eject him for throwing a drink.
Mikl then struggled with officers who had attended the incident and spat and swore at them as they arrested him as he was also in possession of 3.5g of cannabis.
Fast forward to Gympie on October 18 and Mikl again found himself in trouble with the authorities.
Officers had observed his defective vehicle and when they activated the siren, Mikl sped away.
Police arrested Mikl after he got out of the car, which he had lost control of and crashed into a fence at a hotel.
His defence solicitor, Sharon Kang, argued her client is bi-polar and was off his medication at the time of the offences and that when he is (off medication) the bi-polar disorder "gets the better of him".
Mikl will be on parole for about seven months, after being sentenced to nine months imprisonment with a parole release date of December 20.