A drunk driver who evaded police has lost his licence for 27 months, fined $2280 and handed a one-month wholly suspended jail sentence.
Mark Andrew Gelston, 53, pleaded guilty to evade police; and driver holding learner licence, a provisional licence or an equivalent licence with alcohol in body when he appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Police tried to intercept Gelston with lights and sirens in Prospect Vale on July 6, but he failed to stop.
Gelston swerved onto the incorrect side of the road and drove at high speeds on Country Club Avenue, before turning sharply into his driveway and fleeing on foot.
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When police caught Gelston he told them "he was f---ed". Gelston returned a breath alcohol reading of .158, his vehicle was clamped for six months and he was issued with an excessive drink driving notice.
During sentencing submissions, defence lawyer Grant Tucker told the court Gelston panicked and took off because he wasn't in a good head space.
"There were things going on in his life that he couldn't understand," Mr Tucker said.
The court heard Gelston sought help from a doctor after the incident and was prescribed medication for a depressive illness.
Mr Tucker said since the 1990s Gelston held a conditional licence and could've applied for it to be removed about 20 years ago but hadn't done so.
Magistrate Sharon Cure said she took into account the time between this offence and Gelston's three priors.
"You face serious consequences if you drive again," Ms Cure said.