Close to 100 grams of methamphetamine was found in a crashed car that failed to stop on police request at Warrnambool just minutes earlier, a court has heard.
Lachlan Mitchell, 25, of Wendouree, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday via video-link charged with drug and driving offences, including trafficking ice.
The court heard that if the man was found in possession of an extra .05 grams of methamphetamine, he would have been charged with trafficking a commercial quantity.
Mitchell appeared in court for a bail application but technical difficulties cut the matter short and it was adjourned until July 27.
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On March 13, Mitchell was allegedly observed using his mobile phone while driving a white Mitsubishi Magna near the intersection of Warrnambool's Simpson Street and Raglan Parade.
Police members travelling in a marked highway patrol vehicle flashed their red and blue lights in order to intercept the man.
But Mitchell allegedly sped off, travelling through a red arrow onto Simpson Street and reaching speeds of up to 115km/h - nearly twice the speed limit.
The court heard the man sped through a roundabout, where two people were walking, placing them at risk of serious injury or death.
Mitchell allegedly lost control while taking a right-hand bend, travelling through a fence before hitting a tree near the south-west corner of the city's cemetery. He fled the scene.
Police searched the vehicle and allegedly uncovered 99.95 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of cannabis, two-and-half ecstasy pills and two vials of liquid steroids.
The ice was allegedly packaged and ready for sale.
The court heard Mitchell's DNA was located on a toothbrush inside the car.
A search of two mobile phones allegedly uncovered numerous messages relating to the sale of ice.
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