A young South West man has been jailed for six months for drunkenly speeding away from police in a late-night car chase after they attempted to pull him over. Todd Antonino Pratico, 22, had previously pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol, disobeying a signal given by police and reckless driving to escape police. The Greenbushes man was numb and visibly shocked in Manjimup Magistrate’s Court on Thursday as he was sentenced to six months in prison. The court heard Pratico was driving his Nissan truck up Steere Street in Bridgetown in excess of the 50km/h speed limit on April 3. Police began to follow Pratico who, after turning on to Bridgetown-Boyup Brook Road, noticed he was being tailed. In his attempt to flee police, Pratico sped up to overtake the vehicle ahead of him and in the process clipped the double white lines on the road. Police then turned on their emergency lights and signalled to Pratico to stop the vehicle, instead the would-be getaway driver turned left on to Whittells Road and sped up again. Police then overtook the vehicle and slowed the man down to a halt. Once stopped, police ordered Pratico from the Nissan only to find him visibly drunk after exiting the car. Pratico was escorted to the Bridgetown Police Station where he returned a positive breath test at a registered blood alcohol level of 0.136. When asked by police why he sped away instead of simply pulling the car over, Pratico responded: “I was trying to outrun you.” After a long deliberation, Magistrate Linda Keane said although the man had shown remorse, she had no choice but to enforce the minimum sentence of six months imprisonment and issued a $1600 fine. “This is a terribly sad case,” she said. “What you did was extraordinarily stupid and extremely dangerous ... this foolish decision is now going to result in you going to jail. “This is the awful part of this job.” Ms Keane told Pratico to use his time in jail wisely with either education or work so when he was released he would not find himself in front of the courts again.