Magistrate fumes, denies M1 accused bail

Ed Jackson

A magistrate has questioned the lack of a drug-testing provision on a probation order against a man accused of going on a drug-fuelled rampage on a Gold Coast motorway.

Vito Virzi, 35, was denied bail at Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday after being charged with various drug and driving offences as well as serious assault of police following the incident on the Pacific Motorway on April 10.

The court heard Virzi, who was placed in a medically induced coma due to his high level of drug intoxication after his arrest, was under a probation order at the time of the alleged offence.

Magistrate John Costanzo was surprised to learn drug testing had not been made a condition of that order given Virzi's history of drug offending.

"I just don't understand that," Mr Costanzo said.

"Seems to me it would be a reasonable direction."

The court heard Virzi allegedly travelled at speeds up to 180-200km/h on the M1 at the northern end of the Gold Coast about midday on April 10.

After forcing several police cars and other vehicles to take evasive action, Virzi then violently resisted police attempts to restrain him, the court was told.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jim Pedlow told the court two female officers had been injured while struggling with Virzi, one having blood from a cut to Virzi's head transferred to her mouth during the struggle.

Sgt Pedlow said police had to taser the accused twice and use capsicum spray when he allegedly tried to steal a police car, allegedly yelling "I need your car" at officers several times.

Two members of the public who assisted police at the scene also received "substantial" blood transfer from Virzi, Sgt Pedlow said.

The court heard police had found approximately 500-600ml of liquid, which they believe to be liquid fantasy, in a bottle in Virzi's Holden Commodore.

A disease test order was given by Mr Costanzo, to which Virzi did not object.

In denying bail, Mr Costanzo said Virzi was a "totally unacceptable risk" of re-offending, breaching bail or failing to appear.

Virzi has been remanded in custody and the matter adjourned until May 16.