Court forces speedster off the road
MOTORCYCLIST Jason Victor Parker took dangerous driving to an extreme level when he panicked and reached speeds of 200kmh during a wet weather police chase.
While travelling at that extremely dangerous speed Parker decided to overtake a four-wheel-drive vehicle around a blind corner as rain started to fall.
The incident started when Parker passed radar police on the Dawson Highway, west of Biloela in April last year.
Parker panicked and hit full throttle and was clocked by police at 197km/h.
He turned into Prospect Creek Road and ignored police directions to stop before taking the chase along a dirt road.
After turning onto the Burnett Highway, Parker accelerated again and police decided to pull back, but not before witnessing the overtaking incident and clocking his speed at 200km/h. Parker later abandoned the bike and was intercepted by police while walking along the side of the road.
However, it seems he did not learn his lesson and within three weeks he was caught speeding again, this time at 122km/h in a 100km zone.
In Rockhampton District Court yesterday Parker pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and failure to stop.
Prosecutor John McGrath called for a prison sentence saying Parkers actions were an affront to law abiding road users. Defence Barrister Jeff Clarke said Parker had shown genuine remorse for his actions. "He readily acknowledges that his actions were nothing short of rash stupidity.'' Judge Julie Ryrie handed Parker an 18-month suspended sentence, telling him he was lucky to avoid actual prison time.
You clearly have no idea the risk you were putting yourself and others in,'' she said.
She also fined him $4000 and revoked his licence.