Man must clean up his act

A STREET cleaning truck taken for a joyride by four people has led to one being issued with $1350 of fines.

James Douglas White, 18, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Monday to one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one count of public nuisance for two separate incidents and was fined a total of $1350.

Prosecutor, Sergeant Joe Aboud, said between 5.30pm on December 12 and sometime the next morning, four people had accessed the locked and secured street cleaning truck from a temporary site in Rockhampton owned by a civil engineering company.

He said police received reports at 1.55am on December 13 of a street cleaning truck driving along Farm St.

Sgt Aboud said when police located the truck, the four people exited.

He said there was a beer bottle located in the truck and DNA testing linked it to White.

According to defence solicitor Danny Yarrow, White said the driver of the truck had jumped out of it while it was still moving and White was still in the truck.

Sgt Aboud said in relation to the public nuisance charge, police received a call at 7.44pm on August 29 about two males throwing wheelie bins along Berserker St, and playing chicken with traffic.

He said when police approached the defendant, he swore at police and called them unsavoury names, despite the person with him trying to calm him down.

Mr Yarrow said White had been attending Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services (ATODS) and just got off probation in January.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined White $600 for the public nuisance offence and $750 for the unlawful use of a motor vehicle offence.

"I am pleased you are getting some help with your alcohol intake because that seems to be the problem with all your criminal history," Magistrate Hennessy said.



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