The disqualified driver of a stolen utility which ran a red light and crashed into a 4WD on Wednesday pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court.
Codie Ken Fazackerley, 28, pleaded guilty to charges arising from a crash at the corner of Cimitiere and Tamar streets which caused a Isuzu 4WD to crash into a retail premises.
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After stealing a Holden Colorado from business premises in Forster Street, Invermay, about 2.30pm he was seen travelling east along Vermont Road by police who attempted to intercept.
Fazackerly accelerated and overtook cars on the incorrect side of the road before crashing into the back of a Mazda.
The court heard that he failed to remain on the scene of the Vermont Road crash and continued driving toward the city centre.
Shortly after he was involved in the crash in the CBD after travelling through a red light. Fazackerly was on a drug treatment order, an alternative to actual jail.
He pleaded guilty to motor vehicle stealing, driving while disqualified, evading police under aggravated circumstances, reckless driving, refusing to supply a blood sample, two counts of failing to abide by the duties of a driver involved in a crash and disobey a red light.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet and an iPhone from inside the Holden Colorado.
Defence counsel Mark Doyle did not apply for bail.
"This is a man who is institutionalised and who has suffered generational disadvantage," he said.
"He has come under enormous pressure to revert to his previous lifestyle and has been physically assaulted by people wanting him to toe the line and re-engage with criminal behaviour and engage with drugs.
"He continues to show enormous insight into his offending and I submit that this reoffending is a cry for help".
Mr Doyle asked that Fazackerley be remanded to a residential rehabilitation facility. Magistrate Sharon Cure remanded him to reappear on August 14.
Brandon Michael Charlesworth, 22, of Kings Meadows, did not plead when he appeared in front of Magistrate Simon Brown. He was granted bail to reappear on August 20.
A woman who was allegedly in the vehicle was summonsed to appear in November.
Police are also believed to be searching for a fourth person.