Road menace fined $3000

By TAMARA KEMP

A LONGREACH man who exceeded 200kmh in an unregistered and uninsured car while under the influence of alcohol was fined more than $3000 and disqualified from driving for 19 months yesterday.

Mark Cecil Flower, 24, of Cassowary Street, Longreach, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to dangerous driving, drink driving, unlicensed driving and driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle on January 5.

Flower was fined $3000 for dangerous driving and drink driving and $300 for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

The court heard Flower blew .191%, almost four times the legal limit.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Kay Schick said Flower had accelerated away from a hotel, which attracted the attention of a Longreach police officer.

She said the officer signalled to Flower to stop as the car reached 140kmh travelling towards Alpha, but the car sped up.

She said the officer contacted an on-coming truck driver by UHF radio who told him Flower was travelling at about 200kmh.

Flower was later found at a service station at Alpha, walking away from the toilets, unsteady on his feet.

Flower told the officer he had been travelling at about 215kmh.

Flower later told the officer the vehicle was not registered or uninsured as of October 2004.

Defence solicitor Doug Win-ning said Flower had learnt his lesson.

Flower was also convicted of being a public nuisance and was ordered to pay $250, after punching another man outside a Longreach hotel on March 18.

He is expected to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on September 5 on other charges.



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