Car crash driver jailed

Batlow Rescue Squad members cut into the wreckage of the stolen Honda CR-V to free Hayden Vanklaveren at Batlow in the early hours of Wednesday.

A MAN who led police on an epic car chase which ended with him crashing in Batlow has been jailed for at least 12 months.

Hayden Vanklaveren, 39, of Wodonga, was given an 18-month jail sentence with a non parole period of 12 months in Wagga Wagga Local Court on Wednesday.

The sentence began on Wednesday and expires on December 27 2018.

He is to be released to be supervised on June 27, 2018.

Officers from Albury Traffic and Highway Patrol received reports of a vehicle being driven erratically on the Hume Highway, Holbrook, at about 11.30pm on Tuesday. Officers identified the vehicle as a black Honda CR-V, with Victorian plates, which turned out to be Vanklaveren’s ex-partner’s car, and attempted to stop it.

The driver allegedly failed to stop and drove off. Officers confirmed the vehicle was stolen and initiated a pursuit, which ended after the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled it five times on the Batlow Road about four kilometres north of Batlow early on Wednesday morning.

It came to rest on the road, blocking one lane. Miraculously, he only suffered bruised ribs, but was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by Batlow Rescue Squad members using “jaws of life” spreader equipment.

Paramedics, the Batlow Rescue Squad, Batlow Rural Fire Service, and of course, police, were quickly on the scene.

Vanklaveren, who had also been drinking and was smoking while driving, was arrested and taken to Tumut Police Station and charged with dangerous driving engage in police pursuit (Skye’s Law), unlicensed driver, low range PCA and three counts of possess property stolen outside NSW.

He had been refused bail before Wednesday’s sentencing.