A man who drove more than 40km/h above the speed limit while on drugs, without a licence and with three young children in the car has been jailed.
Steven Richards, 29, pleaded guilty to 14 charges including drug driving, unlicensed driving, speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle, breaching a community corrections order and failing to answer bail at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Ben Jones told the court Richards was caught driving an unregistered vehicle with false plates and without a licence in September 2018.
On September 28 2018 police detected Richards driving at 144km/h in a 100km/h zone in Rockbank with three young children in the car.
Checks showed his licence was suspended and an oral fluid analysis showed the presence of methamphetamine.
The court heard police intercepted Richards on Sutton Street in Delacombe on June 17 2019 and checks showed the car's registration had expired.
Senior Constable Jones said Richards lied to police about his identity and said he did not have his licence with him, when police saw his licence stored in his phone case.
Unless you adopt an entirely different approach... this will not be your last time in jail.Magistrate Ron Saines
The court heard Richards' licence had expired and an analysis of his oral fluid showed the presence of methamphetamine and cannabis.
On October 17 2019 police intercepted Richards on Peel Street in Black Hill and arrested him on a warrant.
Richards was also charged with failing to answer bail and breaching a community corrections order imposed in 2018.
Defence barrister Jim Buchecker said the offending had taken place since Richards separated with his partner, who he had five children with.
Mr Buchecker told the court his mental health issues had been heightened by drug use.
"He has now had time in custody to reflect and take an opportunity to engage," he said.
Magistrate Ron Saines questioned whether Richards would comply with a community based order, when he had failed to comply multiple times in the past.
"He has moved on in his personal life and has formed another relationship. I am instructed he is prepared to engage to get his life back on track," Mr Buchecker said.
Magistrate Ron Saines sentenced Richards to a total of five months in jail.
He has already served 81 days pre-sentence detention.
Richards will be placed on a 12 month community corrections order upon his release, with a requirement he engage in drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation and complete 150 hours of unpaid community work.
"Your history of failing to comply with court orders and your dishonesty with drug use and driving well pre-dates your children and separation from your wife," Mr Saines said.
"Unless you adopt an entirely different approach to complying with court orders this will not be your last time in jail.
"If there is a breach it will be dealt with by me at this court."
Mr Saines said he would have sentenced Richards to eight months jail had he not pleaded guilty.