ON PROBATION: Jesse Brian Landers outside Ipswich Magistrates Court after his release.
ON PROBATION: Jesse Brian Landers outside Ipswich Magistrates Court after his release.

Man held at gunpoint by meth user, leapt from car

A MAN dived from a moving car to escape an ice-crazed driver holding a loaded gun on him.

The man made the desperate leap during a police pursuit.

The driver, Jesse Brian Landers, had pointed a loaded bolt-action rifle at the man and said: "Get in the car or I'll shoot you".

Landers had been taking methamphetamine with others at a Goodna address before getting behind the wheel.

His hostage had also been at the property after being invited by a resident of the Goodna house, but was not a friend of Landers.

Soon after leaving the house, Landers, 23, was signalled to pull over by police, but sped away instead.

He evaded police by driving on the wrong side of the road and speeding through traffic lights. He was eventually captured.

The man who jumped from the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to Ipswich Hospital. The incident took place on May 30 last year.

Landers last week pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to nine charges, including unlawful possession of a weapon and two counts of threatening violence.

Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand said Landers had been involved in another police chase about a week later, when he was riding as a passenger in a stolen vehicle.

When the vehicle became bogged in grass in Deception Bay, police surrounded the vehicle but Landers and the driver refused to get out.

Instead, the driver revved the engine and spun the wheels, which created a grass fire underneath the car.

Adding to his list of crimes, Landers was also arrested for stealing about $8500 in cash, jewellery and alcohol from an address in Logan in May, 2014.

Mr Le Grand said Landers was on parole for being an accessory to an armed robbery when he committed the offences.

Defence lawyer Scott Neaves said Landers, a father of one, was using a "significant amount of ice" during his period of offending.

Mr Neaves said his client had turned to drugs to "escape the reality of life" after his father became terminally ill.

Prior to committing the offences, Mr Neaves said Landers had been drug-free, working, and on the path to rehabilitation.

He said while on probation, Landers had received positive reports from probation parole officers.

Mr Neaves said his client was hit by a car when he was 13 and had suffered a permanent brain injury as a result.

In regards to the incident in Goodna, Judge Sarah Bradley said it would have been a "terrifying" experience for the victim to have a loaded gun pointed at him.

"People can often act in a crazy way when they take ice," Judge Bradley told Landers.

"You could have murdered someone that night," she said.

Before he was brought into Ipswich Court Landers spent 344 days in jail awaiting a final verdict and sentence for his offences.

Landers was convicted and jailed for three years, the sentence suspended for three years.

He was also put on probation for three years and disqualified from driving for two years.