A man who threatened a taxi driver and tried to steal his vehicle from a Mahomets Flats service station during a drug-induced “psychosis” last year has been sentenced to almost four years jail. Geraldton District Court on Monday was told the taxi driver had been standing next to his parked car at about 12.15am on December 10, 2020 when Wayne Pearce, 52, approached him holding a metal object, telling him to “back off”. The driver moved away from the car and Pearce slid into the driver’s seat, attempting to start the keyless ignition. When this failed Pearce demanded the driver hand over the keys, but the victim instead sought safety in the locked service station. Pearce then smashed an iPhone he found in the taxi and used a hammer to break the back window of the car. The incident was captured on CCTV and he was arrested just before 1.18am but could not be interviewed “due to his level of intoxication”. Defence lawyer Eva Svanberg said Pearce had been on a three-week meth “spree” at the time of the offence and thought “someone was going to hurt him” during a “drug-induced psychosis”. “He, in a panic, wanted to use the car to get away from that,” Ms Svanberg said. “He instructs that he is now off the drugs, and on the correct medication (for mental health issues).” Judge Gary Massey said the taxi driver was “just going about his normal everyday routine” when Pearce “terrorised” him. “You deliberately targeted the victim so as to steal a valuable item of property… in outrageous circumstances,” he said. Mr Massey sentenced Pearce to three years and ten months behind bars and ordered to pay $1100 to cover property damage costs. He will be eligible for parole in November, 2022.