Man faces Ballarat court on 18 charges

A NEWINGTON man stands accused of driving at 180km/h in a 50km/h zone, along with more than a dozen other dishonesty and driving offences.

Benjamin Raymond Martin, 24, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court this morning, where he was remanded in custody until November 20 when he will make an application for bail.

Among his 18 charges, Martin is facing multiple counts of dangerous driving, theft and reckless conduct endangering life.

According to charge sheets obtained by The Courier, on October 20 Martin led police on a high speed pursuit at Castlemaine, where he allegedly drove at more than triple the 50km/h speed limit.

Police allege that last Thursday, Martin led police on a second high speed chase, this time reaching speeds of 200km/h on the Western Highway at Ballarat, a 110km/h zone.

The charge sheets allege that Martin also attempted to commit a burglary at JJ’s Carwash in Wendouree late last month, causing $2400 of damage in the process.

In September Martin allegedly stole cash and plastic coin hoppers from the Buninyong Car Wash valued at $4800.

Defence lawyer David Tamanika estimated the bail application would go for up to 40 minutes.