A Ballarat driver who chased down an ambulance, putting two paramedics in fear of their safety, will appeal a 34-month jail sentence.
Trent Bunney, 27, believed the ambulance officers had his mobile phone when he continually chased their vehicle and tried to side-swipe it along Wendouree’s most busy streets on February 3.
At the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday, Bunney was sentenced to 18 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to five charges, including recklessly conduct endangering serious injury, driving while disqualified and failing to stop on police direction.
He was resentenced to 16 months in jail for breaching a community corrections order, bringing the total to 34 months’ jail with a non-parole period of 21 months.
Bunney appealed the sentence but magistrate Brian Clifford refused to grant him appeal bail.
The paramedic’s victim impact statements were read to the court where both described the ordeal as frightening.
One paramedic said he had never felt so fearful for his life and other road users, while the other paramedic said, “I was in real fear he was intending to damage me”.
In sentencing Mr Clifford said Bunney had 36 pages of prior offences, he had never complied with a community corrections order and he was a serial recidivist.
“You are a serial recidivist and a considerable threat to the community and that sums you up,” Mr Clifford said.
Defence barrister Barnaby Johnston had told the court his client had had an extremely disruptive childhood.
Bunney’s appeal hearing will be held in the County Court at a later date.
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