Dangerous driver had bad history
A MAN who led police on a two-kilometre car chase through Burnett Heads faced Bundaberg District Court yesterday charged with dangerous driving.
Keegan John Brown, 17, of Burnett Heads, overtook two vehicles on a Burnett Heads road — an act that sparked a police chase on May 10 last year.
The court was told, that as the police pursuit continued along Hermans Road, the car Brown was driving reached speeds of more than 140kmh in an 80kmh zone.
Judge Leanne Clare said Brown then took a blind corner at the intersection of Hermans Road and Zunker Street at speed, causing him to cross double white lines onto the other side of the road as he turned right.
The court was told he was driving so fast police could not keep up, catching up with him only when he parked the vehicle at some shops.
“You had someone with you in the car and there were other cars and people on the road when you were driving like a maniac,” Judge Clare said.
“It was the kind of behaviour that could have easily taken out a whole family, a person could have ended up paralysed.
“It could have been you paralysed.
“Fortunately no one was injured, but that was mostly good luck rather than anything else.”
Crown prosecutor Divina Deleon told the court Brown had no criminal history, but had had his learner’s driver’s licence suspended because he accrued too many demerit points.
“That says to me you have a cavalier attitude to the rules of the road,” Judge Clare said.
Defence lawyer Matthew Messenger said his client was distressed at the time of the offence because he had lost one of his best friends at sea a couple of months before and the search had been called off.
“He realises there is a real revulsion in the community at the amount of, the huge proportion of, men aged under 25 who make up the majority of the road toll,” Mr Messenger said.
But the lawyer said Brown’s prospects of rehabilitation seemed good.
“He’s a motivated young fellow who has been working since he left school,” Mr Messenger said.
Judge Clare convicted and sentenced Brown to 12 months’ probation and 150 hours of community service.
He was disqualified from holding or securing a driver’s licence for a year.