Fugitive sent back to jail

EIGHT months on the run from police has ended with a three-year jail sentence for a 30-year-old career criminal.

Benjamin James Crisp, who has been living out of his car in Brooms Head in recent weeks, escaped from police custody after he was arrested for a series of break and enters and car thefts between May 9 and 11 last year.

He was arrested on May 16 after police received a tip-off he was at a Central Coast club.

Police detained Crisp after an extensive chase and struggle in and outside the club in which the two officers sustained minor injuries.

Crisp was taken to Wyong Hospital, bleeding profusely from eye and knee injuries.

At the hospital he complained of poor vision and nausea and acted as if his movements were restricted by his injuries.

However, when police came to take him to the lock-up in a caged truck, he was able to make his escape by pushing one constable into the truck and running off.

During his escape he scaled a 3.8m fence topped with barbed wire.

Later that night he broke into a house in the area, phoned a female accomplice and organised to meet her at a nearby bus-stop.

Police caught up with Crisp at Brooms Head on January 11 when they detained him for suspected drug use.

Although he gave police a false car registration as identification, further checks revealed his true identity and five outstanding warrants against his name.

A search of his car revealed an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of stolen property.

The goods included mobile phones, cameras, wallets, mp3 players, a jerry can of petrol and other items valued at $3500, the proceeds of thefts from cars in the Currumbin region earlier in the week.

In Grafton Local Court on Monday, Crisp pleaded guilty to a total of 17 charges relating to his crime spree.

He received three years jail with a two-year non-parole period.

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