Showing off earns teen a $500 fine

A TEENAGER’S ill-timed joy ride on the wrong side of a highway saw him on a potential collision course with an off-duty police officer and earned him a court appearance this week.

Robina man Thomas Eric Wyatt-Heuer, 18, appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court this week relating to the June 13 incident.

The court heard Wyatt-Heuer was travelling south along Albion St when he drove around a median strip and onto the wrong side of the road.

After travelling about 200m, Wyatt-Heuer was heard to have travelled into the path of the vehicle of an off-duty police officer who was forced to take “evasive action” to avoid a collision.

The police prosecutor said Wyatt-Heuer told police his actions were those of “pure stupidity” and was showing off for his mates in the vehicle.

Magistrate Anne Thacker told the teen he was not mature enough to hold a licence and said although he may have thought his path was clear “it’s the car you don’t see that kills you”.

He was disqualified from driving for six months and issued with a $500 fine.



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