Learner driver loses licence
A LEARNER driver, who lost control of his car on Tozer Street and smashed into the front entrance of Gympie Regional Realty on September 28, was driving unaccompanied and too fast, Gympie Magistrates Court heard this week.
Joshua Robert Mills, 18, admitted he regularly drove without a properly licensed person with him and on this particular afternoon was headed home from work via Stewart Terrace when his car spun around and rear-ended the building.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman said Mills had been driving too fast and lost it around the bend after negotiating the railway overpass.
The court learned Mills' Holden Commodore skidded onto the wrong side of the road, spun around and smashed into the building boot-first, severing the steel guard rail off the building's access ramp.
Mills, of Bushland Drive, Southside, told police he had over-corrected and hit the brakes, and agreed with the prosecutor that he had been going too fast.
He was convicted and fined $900 for driving without due care and attention and driving while unaccompanied on a learners permit.
Mills' licence was disqualified for one month and he was ordered to pay $1100 for damages to the building.