A man with a rod through his leg has been granted bail.
A man with a rod through his leg has been granted bail.

'Great Escape' driver released on bail

A MAN with a metal rod stuck through his leg was released on bail yesterday, despite police objection.

Edward Clifford Thorogood, 39, entered guilty pleas in Gladstone Magistrates Court to drive without due care; safe but otherwise defective vehicle; driving without a licence; evasion; failure to appear; offence involving registration certificates; possess property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence; possess utensils; possess dangerous drugs; unlawful possession of weapons; and stealing.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Merilyn Hoskins objected to Thorogood's bail.

She told the court it had often taken police months to find him because he would run using cars or motorbikes with false plates.

"He's even driven through a fence barrier like something out of The Great Escape and busted the gates open so he could drive away while police were at the front door," Sgt Hoskins said.

She said the only thing he did right was pay for his fuel.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said his client could be released with reporting conditions which his family could help with due to him having a bar sticking through his leg - which Thorogood raised on his video link to show the court.

Other conditions included residing at an Ambrose address and a night curfew.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey granted Thorogood bail on strict conditions. His case was adjourned to June 12.

"There's no stuffing around," Mr Manthey said.

"You breach your bail conditions a warrant will be issued to arrest you straightaway."