A BALLARAT man who escaped police arrest on Sunday night had in the past accused police of planting drugs on him, a court has heard.
Paris Mizzi, 23, was rearrested on Sunday night after a member of the public saw him sitting out the back of a Sebastopol property.
Arrested by police earlier in the night for alleged driving offences, Mizzi allegedly managed to run from police.
Appearing in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he faced a string of charges, the court heard Mizzi was arrested on September 20 last year after police found him and a co-accused allegedly trying to steal a motorbike from a 15-year-old victim.
At the time of arrest, police allegedly found four small plastic bags containing a white crystal substance that Mizzi said police had planted on him.
The court was told police seized Mizzi’s mobile phone, which contained messages detailing drug trafficking in the Ballarat area.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Chris Jones said the messages, from between July 14, 2012 and September 19, 2012, included texts from various people asking for drugs.
The court heard one of the messages asked: “Have you got crack?”
Another allegedly read: “Yeah can get you a ball, $1800. On its way from Melbourne now.”
The court heard when Mizzi was arrested on Sunday night he allegedly gave police a false name and address, which police determined to be fake through a clever line of questioning.
Familiar with the name Mizzi provided, police discovered his story did not check out when he could not answer simple questions about his family.
Mike Wardell, for Mizzi, said this was the first time his client had been in police custody, and that the experience had impacted on him significantly.
Mr Wardell added that Mizzi had experienced a rough patch last year after a relationship breakdown, which led to drug use and the loss of his job.
Magistrate Michelle Hodgson stood the matter down for Mr Wardell to seek further instruction from Mizzi.
Hinting that Mizzi would need to provide a large surety if bailed, Ms Hodgson said she would have to consider an immediate term of imprisonment for the charges.