Hip-hop artist Corinthian Morgan denied bail over car pursuit

A hip-hop artist who sang about life on the run is in custody after allegedly leading police on a wild car chase through Melbourne streets on New Year's Day.

Corinthian Morgan, 32, unleashed a spray in Melbourne Magistrates Court when refused bail on allegations he put the lives of other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists at risk through the streets of Northcote and Thornbury.

"Thanks a lot. Thanks a f...... lot," he shouted as he threw court documents from the dock when magistrate Duncan Reynolds denied bail on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's just jail, jail, jail and no bail for a black man."

Police allege officers saw Mr Morgan driving a white Holden Captiva with another car's number plates in High Street, Northcote, on Monday morning, but that he sped off when the officers tried to pull him over. A short pursuit followed.

Senior Constable Michelle Belaj said Mr Morgan drove erratically and dangerously, mounting nature strips, driving on tram lines and over shared bicycle paths.

Other drivers had to take action to avoid the Captiva, Senior Constable Belaj said, and at one point Mr Morgan had run a red light and cut across traffic, narrowly missing hitting a pedestrian and cyclist who were crossing the road.

Mr Morgan's partner was also in the car, the court heard, and was later allegedly heard on a dashboard camera encouraging him to continue driving. Mr Morgan's 15-year-old nephew was also in the car.

Senior Constable Belaj said the Captiva had engine problems and stopped in Normanby Avenue, Thornbury, and Mr Morgan was dragged from the car by police and arrested.

Mr Morgan, an Indigenous artist who has performed under the name Mr Morgz and whose songs include Life On The Run, Better Days and Down and Out, faces charges including conduct endangering life, driving offences and resisting arrest.

Police alleged Mr Morgan is a chronic drug user who could not be trusted to meet bail and was a high risk of offending and a danger to the public had he been released.

Mr Morgan told the magistrate he had previously been a heroin addict but was no longer using drugs and was trying to get help.

He asked Mr Reynolds for mercy and to be bailed, but the magistrate said the charges were too serious and he was too great a risk to be released.

Mr Morgan is also charged with driving offences from Shepparton and Echuca last year, and with stealing a $45,000 Audi, handling stolen goods and possessing a weapon. He is due to return to court next week.

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