Man jumped on car to avoid a hit
ROY Junior Placid saw a man arguing with his fiancee, had a "brain snap" and chased after him in his car - driving through a group of people to reach him.
Placid pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday.
Placid had gone to pick up his fiancee from the Middlemount Hotel on August 13.
He arrived at 12.25am and saw his fiancee arguing with a man, who she had mistakenly accused of stealing her wallet.
Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Matt Saunders said police were called to the hotel as there were two unrelated fights occurring on Leichhardt Dr, where the premises is located.
Officers were told a man had driven through a group of 10 to 20 people in pursuit of another man, Snr Sgt Saunders said.
The driver, who was identified as Placid, said he tooted his horn to let people know he was there.
Defence solicitor Geoff Govey, of Taylors Solicitors, said Placid had no intention of hurting the man, he only wanted to chase him away.
Placid was driving at about 10 kilometres an hour, Mr Govey said.
A test showed Placid had not been drinking.
Placid chased the man for 20 metres.
As the vehicle reach the man, Placid attempted to veer away but it was too late.
To avoid being hit by the car, the man jumped on the bonnet of the vehicle and rolled off, Snr Sgt Saunders said. His legs were injured by the car's right rear tyre, he said.
He had torn cartilage in both knees and was seeking $847.75 for medical bills and $2000 for pain and suffering.
Mr Govey said Placid has no criminal history.
"He knows he's behaved inappropriately and over-reacted," Mr Gover said.
"This was a brain snap... he only intended to scare (the man)."
"That could have had rather tragic consequences," Magistrate Mark Morrow said.
Mr Govey said when Placid was driving through the group of people he tooted his horn.
"(He was) trying to clear a path," Mr Govey said.
Placid was sentenced to three months imprisonment, which was wholly suspended.
He also was ordered to pay $2847.75 in compensation.