A US man with a number of bizarre crimes on his conscience fled to Australia and took a fake name in order to avoid jail, a court has been told.
Kenneth William Stone, 60, whose crimes include damaging a waterfall with a bomb and illegally killing a grizzly bear, was jailed again for allegedly causing a serious car crash.
A Wyoming court was told he had taken a sleeping pill and drank alcohol before crashing into another car on a road near Yellowstone National Park, injuring four other people.
A judge set the high bail amount, equivalent to $A972,000, because Mr Stone was deemed a flight risk, citing a previous escape to Australia in 1995.
“Flight risk and danger to the public are both of concern here,” Judge Bruce Waters of Wyoming’s Park County Circuit Court said, according to local paper Powell Tribune.
Camera IconKenneth Stone and four other people were injured in the October 6 crash near Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Facebook, Wyoming Highway Patrol
Deputy Park County prosecutor Jack Hatfield argued for an even higher bond and read to the court a note that Stone had written to a judge in 1995 before he made his Australia getaway.
“I had to leave on short notice to God knows where,” he wrote, adding that the 18-month jail sentence that awaited him was “just too much”.