A Bunbury man has been refused bail after allegedly firing a rifle near a Boyanup paddock and later evading police in a high-speed pursuit. John Harley Mountain appeared in Bunbury Magistrate’s Court todaycharged with a number of offences including discharging a firearm to cause fear, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police and driving on a cancelled licence. It was alleged Mr Mountain was standing near his parked vehicle on a road in North Boyanup on Sunday when he allegedly fired a .22 rifle from the road near a paddock, where a number of people unknown to Mr Mountain had gathered. It was alleged the shot caused damage to a street sign that belonged to the Shire of Capel and the witnesses promptly called police. Two days later, police sighted Mr Mountain driving towards Forrest Highway when they signalled for him to stop. However, Mr Mountain allegedly sped off, travelling along the highway at speeds of 150km/h in the 100km/h zone. It was further alleged Mr Mountain was weaving between the two lanes and gravel at the side of the road, producing plumes of dust and smoke causing police and other motorists to take evasive action. It was further alleged there was evidence on Mr Mountain’s social media featured photos and video evidence of him holding the firearm alleged to have been used in the first incident. The court was told Mr Mountain’s alleged firearm has not yet been recovered. It was also understood Mr Mountain’s licence had allegedly been cancelled prior to the offending, his vehicle was unlicensed and he did not hold a firearms licence. A bail application made on his behalf by a duty lawyer to stay with his family in Allanson was refused by Magistrate Belinda Coleman, who took the view there were no suitable bail conditions for Mr Mountain to comply with. “The fact the firearm has also not yet been recovered is very concerning,” she said. Mr Mountain’s matters were adjourned for legal advice with his next appearance set for September 16.