Speeder hits 170kmh on Rocky streets

IT was “pure luck” that landed Tyron David Smith in a jail cell and not in a coffin on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Yeppoon man's antics behind the wheel could have had “catastrophic” consequences, police prosecutor Joseph Aboud told the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Smith did not enter a plea to the 11 charges he was facing, which included five counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Smith allegedly came to the attention of police just before midnight on Saturday when he was speeding through traffic in Rockhampton.

Police attempted to intercept the vehicle, but Smith refused to pull over.

Mr Aboud said Smith was observed doing speeds between 150kmh and 170kmh with no headlights on and without slowing down as he passed through red lights, stop signs and give way signs. Police were able to identify and apprehend Smith in the early hours of Sunday.

In applying for bail, duty lawyer Jack Blackburn said Smith had only gotten behind the wheel after learning that his friend was about to attempt suicide.

He said Smith was now aware of the severity of his actions and knew that if he were granted bail, touching a motor vehicle again would “be putting more nails in his coffin”.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy denied the bail application, remanding him in custody until his next court appearance on Friday.



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