Drink driver caught out
KIN Kin man Robert Thomas McShannon, 30, drove while on a 24-hour suspension on April 6 after he had been charged with drink driving at Sarina the day before.
Police detected a speeding car heading towards them on the Bruce Highway at West Stowe and activated their siren and lights but lost sight of the vehicle while doing a U-turn. They followed a trail of dust on a side street until they found McShannon in his parked car two kilometres down. Officers said he told them he fled because he was scared of getting caught for driving while suspended and he had just wanted to get home.
In Gympie Magistrates Court this week, McShannon, of Sister Tree Creek Road, was convicted and sentenced to one month in jail, suspended for six months, for driving while his licence was suspended and for failing to stop for police. He was also disqualified from driving for a total of 14 months for those charges and for two counts of drink driving.
The court heard he had an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .062 per cent at Wolvi on January 4 and an illegal BAC of .078 per cent at Serena on April 5.
In another matter, P-plate driver Liam Jeffrey Chapman, 18, attracted police attention when he crashed his car at AJ Mitchell Park near Crescent Road just after midnight on May 22.
The court heard Chapman, of William Nixon Way, Edens Landing, was on a good behaviour driving option and a late night driving restriction at the time.
He had an illegal BAC of .068 per cent and was disqualified from driving for four months and fined $550.