Court hears of dangerous driving on Bruce Hwy

A POSTAL problem was apparently all that kept a Brisbane driver out of jail, in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.

Phillip Lloyd Thompson, 35, of Nundah, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the Bruce Hwy between Caloundra and Gympie on April 9.

But the court was told it was not allowed to consider his previous dangerous driving history because of a higher court ruling that police had to prove they had notified him of their intention to refer to previous similar offences. Thompson's solicitor successfully argued that he had received no such notice.

The court was told other drivers had phoned police about Thompson's driving, during a half hour of erratic driving on the Bruce Hwy, including weaving into the path of oncoming traffic.

One witness said Thompson appeared to be falling asleep at the wheel.

The Court was told Thompson had taken medical morphine for pain from a leg amputation but not enough to have affected his driving. He was sentenced to eight months' jail, suspended for 15 months, and disqualified from driving for two years.

Gympie Times


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