Police dashcam footage of a stolen car bringing down a power pole and powerlines, causing sparks to fly over the road, has been made public more than two years after the violent crime rampage.
- Two SA men were jailed over a crime rampage involving carjackings and assault
- One of the men was arrested after he crashed a stolen car into a power pole
- The other was tackled to the ground by a truck driver as he tried to force his way into another car
Two men — George Stanley Harradine, 29, and Brenton Paul Crombie, 28 — pleaded guilty to offences including assault, theft and property damage committed in at least half a dozen Adelaide suburbs on July 20, 2016.
The men stole cars, broke into several others and took items including cash and a wallet.
One of the men also hit a woman with a spanner and the pair used a hammer to threaten others during the crime wave, which lasted several hours.
After the men were separated, Harradine engaged police in a high-speed chase that lasted more than half an hour and reached speeds of more than 140 kilometres per hour.
The Point Pearce man continued to drive, even after losing a tyre, when he crossed road spikes on Grand Junction Road, but eventually came to a halt when he crashed the stolen white Holden sedan into a Stobie pole.
The impact caused powerlines to come down dangerously close to police officers, and vision of that incident was today released to the media.
In the footage, police can be heard saying the car had “spun out” and urging officers to “be careful” because of the downed lines.
Crombie, from Port Lincoln, was eventually tackled to the ground by a truck driver as he tried to break into another stationary car with a driver inside.
The District Court heard that both men were raised in a culture of drug use, and that Crombie was under the influence of meth at the time the crimes were committed.
“It was a drug-fuelled course of conduct that was brazen and frightening to many members of the public,” Judge Liesl Chapman told Crombie during sentencing last month.
“Methylamphetamine is a terrible drug. It has caused you to commit bad crimes. It is no excuse for those crimes.
“You are responsible for what happens when you use ice. I hope you appreciate now what a terrible and destructive drug it is.”
The court heard from several victims who expressed feelings of trauma as a result of the men’s actions.
Judge Chapman told Harradine his driving “risked the safety and lives of other road users” and it was fortunate that there were “no grieving families sitting in this courtroom” as a result of his recklessness.
“During the course of that driving, you drove towards a police officer at speed. That is a very serious offence,” she said.
“Accordingly, the sentence must reflect the need for general deterrence, namely to deter other people from that type of offending.”
Both men were sentenced to jail terms, with Harradine receiving a non-parole period of three years and two months and Crombie a non-parole period of two years and two months.
But both sentences were backdated by more than two years.