Police pounce on boys' wild ride

WHEN police officers confronted a teenage driver about allegedly trying to throw his mates from the back of his ute on a beach, he told them “life is dangerous”.

The officers, standing at Emu Park’s Singing Ship, had watched below as John Manning Williams carried out his wild antics in front of shocked swimmers and anglers at Fisherman’s Beach.

Concerned beach-goers had alerted police after watching the 18-year-old drag his mates through the sand on a tyre tied to the end of a rope attached to his car.

Earlier he had been driving “violently” along the beach as his two mates were clinging to the tray of his ute.

Officers arrived, but were forced to call in a four-wheel drive police vehicle to get onto the dunes.

While they waited the officers watched from the Singing Ship, which overlooks the beach.

Police witnessed Williams and his mates skylarking before the four-wheel drive police car arrived to stop them in their tracks.

When police asked Williams if he thought his driving was dangerous he replied: “Life is dangerous”.

It was all fun and games for the trio who had only stopped to let people move across the busy beach.

Yesterday the Alton Downs teenager pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to dangerous driving.

Duty lawyer Danny Yarrow said Williams agreed with the police facts, but denied he was trying to throw his mates off the back of his ute.

He said Williams only obtained his Nissan ute about two months before he was caught by police on Fisherman’s Beach.

“His friends were encouraging him to drive the way he was driving,” Mr Yarrow said.

“He accepts his driving was dangerous to himself and to his passengers.”

Magistrate John McGrath said he was concerned about Williams’s conduct.

He said the teenager hadn’t been licensed for long and was still learning to drive.

Mr McGrath said Williams should use the time that he is disqualified from driving to consider the responsibilities that go with having a licence.

He fined Williams $900 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.

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