A George Town man who narrowly missed a police officer when he swung a tyre lever at her was sentenced in the Supreme Court in Launceston to four months jail.
Glenn William Barnard 39, was found guilty of aggravated assault when trying to avoid apprehension for his involvement in a case of stealing motor vehicle parts.
Acting Justice David Porter refused an application from defence counsel Patrick O'Halloran that Barnard be considered for a drug treatment order which would allow him to avoid jail as long as he complied with the order and stayed off drugs.
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The court heard that Barnard still had a number of matters before the court including a charge of wounding and an aggravated common assault for allegedly hitting a pregnant woman.
Acting Justice Porter said he could not make a drug treatment order when actual bodily harm occurred and it would delay matters too long of he waited for the wounding count to be finalised.
The heard that police travelled to a bush block near George Town popular for dumping cars.
Inspector Melanie Groves gave evidence that she saw a man with his head under the bonnet of a shrub-covered Mitsubishi which police believed had been stolen.
Shortly after a Hyundai drove off before stopping a short distance up the road.
Inspector Groves said she called "stop, police" and walked along the side of the car.
She said that Barnard then swung an object she believed to be a tyre lever.
"If I hadn't withdrawn my hand the object would have hit my hand," she said.
She said it was a metal object about 45 centimetres in length. After the attempted strike Barnard walked off and was pursued through bush by police who were unable to catch him.
Acting Justice Porter said Barnard had a poor record for violence in Victoria.