A man who led police on a high-speed chase through Geraldton has been sentenced to jail for one year and six months after changing his plea to guilty. Phillip Aaron Dodd was arrested on April 22 after a car chase began about 4pm on North West Coastal Highway in Wonthella. Police said Dodd reached speeds of more than 130km/h in a 50km/h zone and ran several red lights. The chase ended when Dodd rammed a bollard in his Holden Commodore on Sutcliffe Road in Waggrakine and fled on foot. Police dog handlers found him hiding in a shed at a nearby property a short time later. In Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on August 10, Dodd pleaded guilty to reckless driving to escape pursuit, failing to comply with a direction to stop, and driving while his licence was suspended. He said he took full responsibility for his actions but intergenerational trauma was a contributing factor. “As it stands now, we need to commit serious crimes before we get access to the help we need,” he said. “I am fully aware of my actions that have put other road users at risk. My actions exist in a cycle that is so hard to change without proper educational support.” Sentencing Dodd, Magistrate Chris Miocevich said it was unfortunate prison would be the place he got the help he needed. “I said right from the start your offending was at the higher end of the scale,” he said. “This was a deliberate attempt to evade police, putting them, yourself and others at risk of injury or death.” Dodd’s prison sentence was backdated to April 22. He was also disqualified from driving for two years concurrently.