Man pays $500 fine for ‘dangerous’ stunt

AN 18-year-old Pialba man has lost his license for six months and must pay a $500 fine after injuring a mate who rode on the bonnet of his car.

Harrison Jake Beattie pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday to dangerous driving after the court heard he drove with a friend on the front of his car in February this year.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord said Beattie had stopped outside a house in Urangan when his friend sat "spread-eagled" on his bonnet.

"The defendant then drove with the victim on the bonnet," he said.

"The victim yelled out, and heard the screeching of brakes as the defendant stopped.

"The person was transported to hospital with head and leg injuries."

Beattie's defence lawyer said he had suffered a large amount of guilt about the incident, and understood it was an unwise thing to do.

"They were young men behaving in a very silly matter at the time," his defence lawyer told the court.

"It has affected Mr Beattie very deeply."

Magistrate Dean Wilkinson said the nature of the offence was unusual.

"It's slightly different to what we normally get... but it's still dangerous driving," Mr Wilkinson said.

"But I accept it was a youthful experience and only two houses of distance which you travelled."

No conviction was recorded.



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