Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Jail Time for a Joyride; Repeat Offender Was on Parole for Similar Offences at the Time

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Jail Time for a Joyride; Repeat Offender Was on Parole for Similar Offences at the Time

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Byline: Jarrard Potter jarrard.potter@dailyexaminer.com.au

A FORMER Yamba man's night of joyriding, which ended with him abandoning a car after it crashed into a tree in a Yamba park, has landed him behind bars.

Eric Ugle, 22, faced Grafton Local Court by video link on Monday after he pleaded guilty to charges of property damage and a series of driving offences, including driving recklessly and driving while disqualified.

When he was arrested in March, Ugle was on parole for a similar offence from November.

According to police facts tendered to court, on the night of March 8 he borrowed a car from a family member and with two other passengers drove to Brooms Head. The group stayed at a friend's place before heading back to Yamba. On their way home, Ugle drove to Hakea Park and onto the grass where he started doing circles on the grass, causing damage to the sports field.

Ugle then drove straight into a large tree in the park, damaging the front of the vehicle so severely it could not be driven. …

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