He stole his 94yo great grandma's car and then did this

A LEARNER driver who stole his great-grandmother's car before crashing it into a police car has been refused bail.

Jake William Jackson, 18, appeared in a green jumper with a "Loyalty" tattoo across his neck before Lismore Local Court on Tuesday.

Family members, including his 94-year-old great-grandmother, were present in court as defence solicitor Thomas Trembath lodged guilty pleas to the charges related to the driving incident, which took place in Lismore in the early hours of Saturday.

These charged included taking and driving a conveyance without consent, police pursuit, learner not accompanied by driver, learner not display 'L' plate, mid-range drink-driving, custody of a knife in a public place, and breaching bail.

Police have alleged Mr Jackson was seen on Uralba St about 1am.

Police said he failed to stop and allegedly reached speeds of 90km/h through Dalziell St before crashing the car into a parked car on Dibbs St.

He then reversed into a police vehicle.

The court heard Jackson returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.131.

Mr Jackson, on bail at the time of the pursuit, is also facing charges of failing to leave a licensed premised when required, resisting police and intimidating police in a Casino incident on April 27.

During that incident, he allegedly made threats to find out where the police involved lived and to kill them, the court heard.

Mr Trembath said his client was only 18 years old and argued he would be vulnerable in an adult correctional facility.

"The family is, notwithstanding the offences relate to the family as far as the car's concerned, they're not negative toward him as far as supporting the bail application," Mr Trembath said.

Police prosecutor Brett Gradisnik opposed bail, citing a possible risk of further offending.

Magistrate David Heilpern said the charges from this month were "extremely serious".

"They involve stealing his great-grandmother's car, driving it drunk - very drunk - smashing it and engaging in a police pursuit," Mr Heilpern said.

"The only reason it wasn't a lengthier chase was because he smashed into another car."

Mr Heilpern said Mr Trembath's application for his client's release would have been stronger if he had been slated to enter residential rehabilitation for his "drug and alcohol problems" immediately.

He said the risk to the community would be too great to release Jackson.

"The danger to the community is exponentially greater than the circumstances the defendant has found himself in now," Me Heilpern said.

He refused bail but ordered an urgent drug and alcohol assessment and adjourned the matter to June 25.

A pre-sentence report will be ordered before his sentencing on July 24. 



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