A WARRNAMBOOL man charged with being involved in nine high-speed police pursuits has been remanded in custody until mid-next month.
Nanjing Night Net

Dylan Christopher Stone, 19, of Harbour Mews, did not apply for bail in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday and his case was adjourned by Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt until a further special mention hearing on April 17.

Mr Stone has been charged with 47 charges, including serious driving matters and trafficking three different sorts of drugs. Defence counsel Matt Senia said he had recently become involved in the case since Mr Stone was remanded in custody on March 6.

He said Mr Stone’s charges included serious driving matters involving police pursuits and drug trafficking.

Mr Senia also noted that his client was currently serving a community-based order and also on a suspended jail sentence.

He said a full brief of evidence was still being prepared but by April 17 it was hoped that he could receive proper instructions from Mr Stone.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Paul Harris said a full brief would not be finalised by April 17 in part due to the involvement of drugs charges.

But he expected that enough of a brief would have been prepared for fruitful discussions to take place between the prosecution and Mr Senia.

Mr Senia yesterday said there was no application for bail but foreshadowed that may happen in future depending on how the case progressed.

Mr Klestadt remanded Mr Stone in custody until April 17.

Police have alleged that Mr Stone was the driver of a purple Holden Commodore SS involved in nine chases at speeds of up to and in excess of 180 km/h at Portland, Heywood district, Warrnambool, Panmure and Beaufort between November last year and last week — including three pursuits in one day.

After publicity surrounding Mr Stone’s arrest, the purple Holden Commodore SS sedan was handed in to police and has undergone forensic tests.

Officers involved in the Warrnambool police district tasking unit are compiling a brief of evidence in relation to Mr Stone and a number of witnesses are believed to be in the process of making official statements to police.

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