Ravenswood man Phillip James Standage sentenced to jail

A Ravenswood man who rammed two police cars during a high-speed pursuit through Launceston in January has been jailed. 

Phillip James Standage was driving a stolen Toyota Hilux while high on methamphetamine when he failed to stop for police during the early hours of January 9. 

The 31-year-old was sentenced in the Launceston Supreme Court on Thursday to three years and three months’ jail for charges of motor vehicle stealing, resisting and assaulting police, drug related offences and dangerous driving.

He was also sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for evading police. 

Standage led police on a pursuit through the streets of Launceston, which included him evading road spikes and intentionally driving at police cars. 

At one point, Standage repeatedly reversed into a police car, pushing the vehicle five metres towards a nearby embankment. 

When apprehended, officers had to use batons to break the car’s windows before Standage could be removed from the vehicle.

It took four officers to make the arrest. 

In handing down his sentence, Justice Pearce said Standage’s actions posed a real risk to the public and were motivated by the selfish wish to avoid police. 

“The deliberate, forceful, continued ramming of a police vehicle containing a police officer is the most serious,” Justice Pearce said. 

Standage will not be eligible for parole until he has served half of his sentence.

He has also been disqualified from driving for seven years.