05 January 2016

A man who stole fuel from a petrol station in New South Wales and then fled from police refused to stop because he wanted to see his family in South Australia, a court has heard.

Adam James Kain, 20, pleaded guilty in Bega Local Court to failing to stop during a police pursuit, larceny, taking and driving a conveyance without the consent of the owner, and dishonestly obtaining property by deception.

Two other charges of negligent driving and dangerous driving were withdrawn.

In a statement police said Kain was arrested in Moruya after stealing food and fuel from a petrol station on the Princes Highway on Monday night.

According to court documents, he took a bottle of water, a muesli bar and some nuts.

He later failed to stop and nearly collided with police at the scene of an unrelated crash at Mogo, where a 50-year-old man died earlier in the night after his car slammed into a tree.

Police said they chased Kain, but the pursuit was terminated due to heavy rain and localised flooding in the area.

He was later arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station after crashing the car into the gate of a golf course at Moruya.

Police said Kain admitted to reaching speeds of 200 kilometres per hour during the chase.

Officers said further investigations revealed the car he was driving had been stolen earlier on Monday near Sydney Airport.

Kain told police he had just arrived back in Australia from Canada and he did not stop because he wanted to see his family based in South Australia.

He returned a negative blood alcohol test.

The judge requested a full psychiatric assessment and adjourned the matter until February 23.

Kain did not apply for bail.

Extracted in full from ABC News.