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Loader thief gets four years jail

Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

A Victorian man who stole a 14-tonne front-end loader before leading police on a 40 kilometre pursuit has been jailed for four years.

Several cars were forced off the Wentworth road as Joshua Kerr drove the Caterpillar 926, bucket raised, towards Broken Hill on February 18.

Police chased the loader for about 40km before stopping it about seven kilometres out of the city after reportedly firing at its tyres.

Kerr, 24, and his female passenger, Jessica Kelly, alighted from the machine and were arrested by police a short distance away in scrub.

Kerr stole the machine from a station property about 50km south of Broken Hill after earlier crashing another car that he stole from Red Cliffs into a B-triple.

He pleaded guilty to a total of 10 charges including stealing, drive recklessly, being unlicensed and drink-driving.

Yesterday in the Local Court magistrate Geoff Dunlevy sentenced Kerr to a non-parole period of two and half years’ jail, back-dated to the day of his arrest, making him eligible for release on August 17, 2016.

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