Fit of temper led to wild crash into fence

AS his temper rose, so did his speedometer.

Next thing Darren Wayne Choules knew his car had mounted the curb and crashed through a fence.

Police were called to the single vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of Water and Peter Streets, Rockhampton about 10.20pm on July 31. The 33-year-old man told officers he was travelling well above the 50km/h speed limit when he lost control.

Police prosecutor Julie Marsden yesterday told the Rockhampton Magistrates Court Choules was behind the wheel when he became engaged in a heated argument with his passenger.

She said he looked away from the road and took his hands off the wheel to make hand gestures.

When he looked back he was approaching an intersection at high speed.

Ms Marsden said he slammed on the brakes and skidded about 50m into the fence of a house.

This caused serious damage to the vehicle.

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Choules pleaded guilty to one count of driving without due care and attention.

Magistrate Cameron Press fined Choules $800.

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