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Dangerous driving to escape police

Elements of the offence

Under s 19AC of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) it is an offence to drive a motor vehicle negligently, recklessly or at a speed or in a manner that is dangerous to any person in order to escape pursuit by a police officer or to cause a police officer to engage in a pursuit.


A non-aggravated offence can carry a term of imprisonment of up to 3 years and an aggravated offence* can result in a penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment.

* An aggravated offence in this instance means that at the time the offence was committed the driver:

  • was driving or using a motor vehicle that was stolen or being driven without the consent of the owner of the vehicle and the driver knew or was reckless about this
  • was driving a motor vehicle knowing that he or she was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence or that his or her licence was suspended
  • was driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • was driving a motor vehicle in contravention of s 47 (driving under the influence) or 47AB (driving with a prescribed drug in oral fluid or blood) of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (SA)
Dishonest communication with a child  :  Last Revised: Fri Aug 10th 2018
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