Teenager pulls up handbrake, almost causes major crash
AN ALLORA teenager was fortunate not to cause a fatal accident after pulling up a moving car's handbrake while his girlfriend was driving.
Zane James Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle after causing the car to do "a huge 360".
The court heard the 17-year-old was passenger in the car, and pulled up the handbrake as his girlfriend drove from a dirt road onto a tarmac stretch.
Fitzgerald's lawyer Clare Hine said the action was completely unprovoked.
"He doesn't really know what he was doing."
Mr Manthey fined the teenager $600 and disqualified him from driving for six months.
"Fortunately for him, there weren't any more serious implications from his stupidity," Mr Manthey said.
"You can't put brains in garden gnomes."