A St Leonards man walked from the Launceston Magistrates Court on Friday after being sentenced on more than 50 charges arising from a drug-fuelled crime spree in 2019-20.
Michael Anthony Williams, 42, received a four-month wholly suspended jail sentence for a "bad example" of evading police in June 2020.
Williams avoided an 11-month jail term on the other matters when Magistrate Simon Brown sentenced him to a drug treatment order.
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He will avoid jail if he complies with the terms of the order which include ceasing drug use and not associating with certain classes of persons and submitting to frequent urinalysis.
The court heard previously that Williams had a $500 a day ice (methylamphetamine) habit during his crime spree.
The evading police comprised Williams driving at speeds of 168km/h on the Midland Highway when trying to get away from police after they tried to pull him over after a burglary and stealing at Western Junction.
Williams swiped a metal pole in Youl Road before turning into Drummond Street, which had been blocked off. The car launched over a culvert and hit an earthen bank causing airbags in the vehicle to deploy. He fled and was caught in bushland.
He had small bags of cannabis and methylamphetamine when arrested and a stolen chainsaw and blower were found.
Williams pleaded to guilty to four counts of driving with a suspended licence, seven counts of drug/driving and four counts of driving while not the holder of a licence over a seven month period from June 2019 to January 2020.
Mr Brown suspended Williams from driving for a total of three years backdated to June.
In a series of crimes stretching from Legana to Burnie in January 2020, Williams and a co-accused stole tools and motor vehicles from farm sheds and barns.
He went to Bunnings Devonport and filled up a shopping trolley but fled when challenged by staff but shortly after went to Bunnings Burnie and was caught on CCTV wearing the same clothes.
He stole an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) from a farm at Deloraine and drove it to Birralee Road at Westbury and left it on a vacant block.
The next day he rode it and hid it in bushland at Prospect. A check of his phone found he had searched for a model like the one stolen.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing a credit card from the home of a woman whose husband had recently died.
Williams had been hired to do some painting at a home in February 2020 where he had inside and outside access.
He stole a bank card belonging to the woman's late husband on February 26 and bought items worth about $250 from Coles including cigarettes, fuel and Telstra credit.
His partner bought cigarettes and items worth $80.
When interviewed by police he said he could have picked the card up by mistake.
In sentencing, Mr Brown said that drugs were at the heart of Williams offending and that he was satisfied there was a strong link between the offending and drug use.
"The dishonesty matters were the first on his record and underlines the spiral of addiction," he said.
A report found Williams eligible and suitable for the drug treatment order.
He said Williams had a good industrial record and had resumed work on a casual basis.
"His record is far from a spotless one and there is an enormous of offending, some of it is very serious," Mr Brown said.
The drug treatment order could only be made if the Magistrate was going to jail Williams without suspending any of the sentence.
A parliamentary move under the Police Powers (Vehicle Interception) Act 2000, s 11A., which required a separate sentence for the crime of evade police, meant that Mr Brown's wholly suspending of the jail term for the evade police matter was not inconsistent with the making of the drug treatment order.