Druggie with 'tired legs' steals man's car and puppy

Jerry Abreu, 38, of Moranbah has been charged after allegedly stealing a ute while its owner was pulled over by the side of the road in Beaconsfield.
Jerry Abreu, 38, of Moranbah has been charged after allegedly stealing a ute while its owner was pulled over by the side of the road in Beaconsfield. Facebook

TIRED of walking after a 'big hit' of drugs, Jerry Abreu decided to 'borrow' a stranger's car and take his pooch for a joy ride.

The 38-year-old former Moranbah man, who is now living in Western Australia, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday via phone charged with one count each of driving without a licence SPER suspended, failing to take reasonable care and precautions in respect of a syringe or needle, possessing dangerous drugs, stealing, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and driving with drugs in his system. He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine said at 3.10pm on August 5, a Mackay man pulled his white ute over on Bellavista Circuit in Beaconsfield to have a cigarette and let his puppy go to the toilet on the roadside.

He said the man had been finishing his cigarette when he saw his puppy jump back in the vehicle and witnessed the vehicle being driven off.

The victim immediately reported his ute as stolen and police later intercepted the vehicle with Abreu behind the wheel and the puppy sitting in the passenger seat.

"The defendant was unable to stand still, was slurring his words and he was sweating," Snr Const Erskine said.

"Police conducted a pat down search of the defendant and found a clip-seal bag and a leather pouch with green leafy material. They also found a bike and helmet in the tray of the vehicle."

Snr Cost Erskine said while police were searching the vehicle, they also located a syringe out of its packet in the driver's side door.

The court heard Abreu initially told police he had borrowed the car from a friend, but changed the name of the friend twice. He then admitted he had taken a "big hit" of drugs and his legs got tired from walking so he took the vehicle.

Abreu had also earlier stolen the bike found in the tray of the vehicle. He said he took it from an English St address and on August 6, the owner of the bike and helmet reported it stolen.

While questioning him about the stolen and found items, police conducted drug tests and found Abreu to have both cannabis and methylamphetamine in his system.

Abreu, who represented himself in court, said he worked in the mines and needed a licence and car for work but Magistrate Damien Dwyer quickly responded to the arguement saying "so did the fella whose car you stole".

Abreu said he was 'gravely sorry' for his actions. "I am seeking help and rehabilitation. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience," he said.

Mr Dwyer convicted and fined Abreu $3000, disqualified him from driving for four months for the drug-driving charge, disqualified him for six months for the car theft charge and disqualified him for two months for the unlicensed driving offence.

Topics:  car theft drugs jerry abreu mackay car theft mackay court mackay crime mackay drugs mackay magistrates court

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