Esperance man fined after fleeing from police, crashing and running away

An Esperance man, who was more than three times the legal blood-alcohol limit when he sped away from police and crashed into a tree, was fined $1250.

Alexander Ian Beisley, 20, had pleaded guilty to exceeding 0.08g of alcohol per 100ml of blood, reckless driving, obstructing police and failing to stop when directed by police.

He was sentenced in Esperance Court on November 5, before Magistrate Brionie Ayling.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Carolyn Petersen told the court the incident occurred about 11.20pm on October 17, in Moora. Beisley was living there for his studies.

Snr Constable Petersen said police saw his vehicle speed through an intersection, showing a "complete disregard" for the safety of other road users.

The officers attempted to stop him by putting their lights and sirens on. Beisley continued to drive away, breaching two stop signs as he went over the speed limit by 40kms.

He then turned into a walking track and crashed into a tree. He got out of the car and ran away.

Police chased him and eventually arrested the man as he tried to climb a fence. His blood-alcohol reading was 0.147g.

The offender's lawyer, Pamela Oram, said her client had been suffering anxiety and depression due to separation from his family and because of a family tragedy.

Ms Oram said Beisley had a "brain snap", still didn't know the reason for his behaviour and had been at the pub prior to the incident.

She said he had since relocated back to Esperance to be with family and was receiving mental health treatment.

Ms Oram said her client had pleaded guilty at the earliest chance, had no prior record and was still young. She asked for fines and a spent conviction.

Magistrate Ayling highlighted how lucky the offender was to be charged with failing to stop rather than reckless driving to escape a pursuit. This is because the more serious charge carries a minimum penalty of six months jail.

The magistrate said his alcohol reading was "extremely high", but gave him credit for his youth, prior good character and remorse.

Beisley was fined $750 for drink driving, given a global fine of $500 for the other three charges and charged $118.50 in court costs. He was also banned from driving for nine months.

Magistrate Ayling granted him a spent conviction.