The vehicle Ken Gordon Leggatt allegedly abandoned after driving recklessly through Warwick streets on Saturday morning.
The vehicle Ken Gordon Leggatt allegedly abandoned after driving recklessly through Warwick streets on Saturday morning. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Man denies reckless driving

DESPITE missing both doors, a rear windscreen, most of its tyres and sporting a caved-in roof and shattered front windscreen, this Hyundai Excel was allegedly used to wreak havoc through Warwick streets last week.

Ken Gordon Leggatt yesterday denied being the person behind the wheel during the weekend spree, telling the Warwick Magistrates Court he had sold the vehicle for $50 at 3am last Saturday morning.

The 26-year-old is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance and obstructing police.

The court heard police were called about midday on Saturday, after the driver of a Toyota Prado was forced to take evasive action when the driver of the Excel performed a dangerous turn in the Prado's path on Pratten St.

Police pursued the vehicle and found it abandoned on Short St a short time later.

It is alleged Leggatt abandoned the vehicle and ran from police. Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said a tyre was lost during the vehicle's voyage and another was shredded, littering the road with debris.

Defence solicitor Phillip Crook yesterday told the court his client "strenuously denied" the dangerous driving charge.

The court heard Leggatt was on bail for similar offences at the time of these latest alleged offences.

Leggatt was told his bail application was denied on the basis he was an unacceptable risk of reoffending, to which he replied "I understand that".

He will reappear in court on October 16.



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