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Man jailed over stolen $205K Holden car

A man who boasted to his mother about driving an expensive stolen car at 270 km/h in suburban Adelaide has been jailed for more than four years.

In sentencing remarks published online, District Court Judge Sydney Tilmouth said the case against Christopher Marsh was "overwhelming".

Marsh, 38, broke into a City Holden premises on December 11, 2017 and stole a limited edition 2017 black Holden GTSR W1 sedan valued at $205,000.

Four days later, he was involved in a police pursuit, driving at excessive speeds in the same car, throughout Adelaide's northern suburbs.

During a later police search of Marsh's home, two Holden Red Bull jackets were seized from his bedroom.

Inside the car, a bag containing medication in his name, two pairs of black gloves, a face mask, other Holden car keys and other items were also found.

Judge Tilmouth said the jackets, keys and pry bar were later identified as stolen from City Holden.

While on remand, Marsh rang his mother and boasted about taking her partner for a ride in the Holden and of driving up to 270 km/h.

He eventually pleaded guilty to an aggravated offence of driving dangerously to escape police pursuit, serious criminal trespass in a non-residential building and two counts of theft.

Marsh's counsel described his history as "chequered" following the break-up of a 22-year relationship in August 2017, after which he turned to drugs.

The judge said a psychological assessment found Marsh had undiagnosed and untreated pervasive post-traumatic stress disorder, a major depressive disorder, and substance abuse disorder stemming from past traumas between ages 10 and 12.

"There are reasonable prospects of your rehabilitation given a better appreciation of the underlying and, so far, untreated psychological problems, your change of attitude and cooperative behaviour whilst in the prison system," the judge said.

"You are clearly in need of further treatment, particularly for the substance abuse disorder."

Judge Tilmouth sentenced Marsh to four years and eight months with a non-parole period of two years and nine months.

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