180kmh: Speeding driver smiles, flips bird at police
A DISQUALIFIED driver who was clocked speeding at 180kmh, weaving through traffic and crossing onto the wrong side of the road stuck his finger up at a police officer as he passed by.
An officer watching traffic on the Sunshine Mwy at Mountain Creek just after 11.30pm on April 28 spotted Dylan Luke Doman, 25, driving a grey Ford at 180kmh.
He weaved through other vehicles, which were travelling at the speed limit, before taking Tanawha Tourist Dr at Sippy Downs, where he veered onto the wrong side of the road, and sped off from police at more than 160kmh - twice the speed limit.
Yesterday in Maroochydore Magistrates Court Doman pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without a licence.
Police prosecutor Allison Johnstone said the officer did not pursue Doman when he sped off down Tanawha Tourist Dr, but it turned out they didn't have to.
"A short time later police observed the vehicle travelling back towards them on Tanawha Tourist Dr," Senior Constable Johnstone said.
"As the vehicle approached the motorcycle it slowed down and the driver gestured to police with his middle finger as he travelled past and appeared to be laughing."
Snr Const Johnstone said Doman had an "atrocious traffic history" and had been on two suspended jail sentences - one for unlicensed driving - when he was caught speeding, and his licence had been disqualified by the courts.
Solicitor Ken Robinson said the day of the crime Doman had been at the funeral of a close friend who had overdosed on methamphetamine.
"He was in a deeply depressed state, and has responded to that, as is not uncommon in cases where people commit offences, he's responded to it in a negative way," he said.
"On this occasion it was getting into a vehicle and driving at excessive speeds."
Mr Robinson said Doman himself had a drug addiction, developed over the past two to three years.
Acting Magistrate Michael Bice sentenced Doman to 16 months in prison and activated the suspended prison sentence he previously received for disqualified driving - giving him a 20 month-long jail term.
He also banned him from driving for four-and-a-half years.
"That act of driving put not only yourself at risk, it put other road users it risk," he said.
"It's amazing that there was no injury or something didn't happened."
Doman will be released on parole in October after serving six months behind bars.