A young drunk driver who had a machete concealed under his seat as he led police on a dangerous high-speed chase through Sydney’s north has been fined $5530.
Zichen Zhang, 19, was fined $2530 at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday for driving 205km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney in December.
He was disqualified from driving in NSW for two years and must complete 220 hours of community service.
Zhang pleaded guilty to five charges, including speeding, failing to stop for police and driving in a dangerous manner.
He was also convicted of having a knife in a public place after police found a machete under his car seat.
The 19-year-old was arrested on December 29 after he was spotted in a black Lexus by traffic police.
When they tried to pull him over, Zhang slowed down to 30km/h before speeding off, just as officers approached his car.
The Chinese national also drove on the wrong side of the road while overtaking 15 other vehicles, including two fully laden petrol tankers, police said.
Magistrate Lisa Stapleton said Zhang had acted in a risky and immature manner, and fined him $1000 for failing to stop for police, and another $1000 for having a mid-range blood alcohol reading of 0.117.
“It’s fortunate it did not result in the death of another person,” she told the court.
The magistrate rejected Zhang’s defence that he had forgotten about the machete, which he claimed did not belong to him, and fined him $1000.
“How anybody could forget they had a machete in the front seat is beyond me,” she said.