A CARRUM Downs man, jailed last week for a three-month drug-fuelled crime spree in locations including Tyabb, will be eligible for parole in eight months.
Aaron Gary Vilbro, 20, had spent 133 days in custody before appearing in the Frankston Magistrates Court last Tuesday.
He originally faced 107 charges, but the number was consolidated down to a still lengthy tally of 47 - the most serious of which was reckless conduct endangering life, relating to two police pursuits on January 15 and 26 this year.
The court heard that Vilbro, who pleaded guilty, had been caught and bailed at least twice before being apprehended again after a high-speed police pursuit involving 10 police cars and a police helicopter. The chase, on Australia Day, began in Lysterfield and ended in Dandenong.
He breached a previously imposed 12-month community-based order and had admitted to using $100 worth of crystal methamphetamine a day.
Sentencing Vilbro last week, magistrate Rodney Crisp said a community correction order was not a reasonable option this time. "This is one of the worst kinds of conduct endangering life," Mr Crisp said.
The court heard that the string of offences, which began last November, included crashing into a police car after a pursuit on January 15 in Wheelers Hill - two of the three male passengers were hospitalised and police found amphetamines and a stolen iPhone in the car - and stealing a car and a taxi from properties in Tyabb and a car from a Frankston house between December 4 and 6.
Property worth more than $3000 was also stolen from properties in Tyabb, Hastings and Sandhurst and Carrum Downs.
Early in December, Vilbro and an accomplice stole a $25,000 Nissan Patrol from a different Tyabb property and it was recovered with stolen numberplates attached.
Property worth $6500 was stolen from another Tyabb property on December 11.
Vilbro's lawyer Cara Litterick said her client had experimented with the drug ice "and was significantly drug affected on all of these occasions".
He had realised how differently he behaved when using the drug.
sentenced Vilbro to 15 months in jail with an eight-month non-parole period and disqualified his driver's licence for three years.