Man had 180kmh joyride around town
THE needle of a hoon’s speedometer quivered past the 180kmh notch as a Rose City man sped towards Allora, the Warwick Magistrates Court heard this week.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve de Lissa said Robert Glen Dunn told police he could not gauge his speed as the $500 bomb’s speedometer “was shaking” around the 180 to 190kmh mark as he fled them about 7pm on March 19.
Charged with a total of eight offences, the prosecutor outlined how the 21-year-old hoon used the Allora back road and the town’s CBD as his personal race track.
Dunn clocked speeds of 143kmh on the highway (at Deuchar), 100kmh in 60kmh zones and his Ford Fairmont XF sedan routinely crossed into the wrong lane while negotiating corners and hill crests.
“Police followed (but Dunn) failed to negotiate a bend and went into a paddock containing cows and destroyed a fence. At this time police stopped pursuing the vehicle,” the prosecutor said.
When Dunn was finally apprehended by police, he told officers he had never held a driver’s licence and did not consider his driving dangerous.
“When asked (by police) about pedestrians or other roads users he shrugged and said, ‘they shouldn’t get in the way’,” the prosecutor said.
Dunn’s defence counsel Daniel Habermann said his client would be a father in five weeks and his male “bravado” was not a normal characteristic as he had no criminal or traffic history.
“He had dodgy plates on (the car) but if he had just stopped and let police do whatever they had to do ... he made things significantly worse by leading police on a merry chase,” the defence said.
“It was fortunate no one was hurt, good luck not good management.”
Acting Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist accepted Dunn’s early guilty plea to all eight charges but toyed with the notion of sending him to prison because of his “flippant” regard for human life when interviewed by police.
Magistrate Stjernqvist said the meatworker’s lack of criminal history meant he avoided jail and could celebrate his pending fatherhood with his pregnant girlfriend.
“You’ve landed here in a big way, so big in fact you’re squarely looking at time in prison... looking at significant time in jail, years,” Magistrate Stjernqvist said.
Dunn was placed on 18 months probation and was disqualified from driving for 18 months for the dangerous operation of a vehicle and no conviction was recorded.
Dunn was also fined a total of $1000 and convictions were recorded for driving an unregistered and uninsured car while unlicensed and permitting the use of an unregistered vehicle.