Bruce Hwy hoon filmed himself burning his licence suspension
A GUNALDA man who was caught doing burnouts on the Bruce Highway had posted footage online of himself burning documents stating he had a medical suspension on his licence at the time.
On May 5, Billy-Joe Carter, 39, was caught doing burnouts and speeding through a stop sign as he left a service station in Gunalda and pulled on to the highway.
Police received complaints of dangerous driving and were able to identify Carter as the driver through security footage from the service station.
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They discovered Carter was driving while on a medically suspended licence, and he had not done the paperwork to renew it.
The court heard Carter had misunderstood the form, which stated his licence would be cancelled on October 22, and did not realise it was suspended as well until then.
The police said Carter, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 10 years ago, also posted himself burning the paperwork online.
When police spoke to Carter he told them he "often" did burnouts in the car and was aware of the suspension letter.
Carter's defence lawyer told the court her client had no memory of the offences, and was suffering from an extreme episode of schizophrenia at the time, and had been checked into involuntary treatment since then.
She said Carter's licence has since been reinstated and he was extremely remorseful.
Carter pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court to driving without consideration of other people on the road, driving without a licence authorising him to drive that vehicle and at the time of the offence being a repeat offender of this, and without reasonable excuse failing to comply with a police order to provide identification within seven days.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan fined Carter $350 and disqualified him from driving for two months.