Hemi Thompson, LEARNER driver charged with stealing a car

April 11, 2011

 A LEARNER driver charged with stealing a car and leading police on a high-speed chase appeared in court on eight charges today.

Hemi Thompson, of Kirkwood Rd, Tweed Heads South, pleaded guilty to police pursuit, driving recklessly/furiously and one charge of driving unaccompanied by a licensed driver.

Appearing via video link from jail, the 19-year-old also pleaded not guilty to stealing and driving a motor vehicle, exceeding speeds of 45km/h and two charges of driving unaccompanied by a licensed driver.

Thompson was charged with stealing a Subaru station wagon from Byron Bay on March 27. Last Wednesday April 6 police allegedly spotted the stolen vehicle on the Pacific Highway and engaged in a number of short pursuits.

The chase ended when the Subaru crashed into a concrete wall on the off-ramp near Tugun.

Thompson was also before the court on an assault charge, for which he did not enter a plea.

His case was adjourned for further mention until May 2.


Nineteen people in the 16-19 age bracket have been killed on the state's roads this year, including 15 P-plate drivers.

April 11, 2011

MORE than 21,000 South Australian learner and probationary drivers have lost their licences in the past five years.

Latest Transport Department figures, obtained by The Advertiser , show 21,095 L and P-plate drivers - more than 11 a day - have lost their licences since 2006.

So far this year, police have disqualified 3646 L and P-plate drivers - 1000 fewer than five years ago.

The most common offences resulting in a loss of licence were speeding, talking on a mobile phone, failing to disp...

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