Car smashed into house No- licence hoon free
A MAN who has never held a licence crashed his car into a house while trying to hoon through Wulguru.
Steven Lee Aitcheson pleaded guilty in Townsville Magistrates Court to dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving with cancelled registration plates and driving an unregistered and unlicensed car.
Prosecutor Sergeant John Moran said police were called to Georgina St at 5pm on May 16 when a car crashed and came to rest at against a house.
“They spoke to the tenant of the property. She said she watched the vehicle driving down Georgina St into Barambah St approximately four times doing ‘ lappies’ and ‘ fishtails’ and exceeding the speed limit, spinning the tyres,” he said.
Sgt Moran said another witness filmed the hooning on his phone.
“The vehicle travelled at speed, swerved to the left and rolled past two bystanders ... ( One) was standing just off the edge of the road, within three metres of the vehicle,” he said.
The video showed the car crashing loudly through the fence.
“Mr Aitcheson should never have been on the road, he’s never bothered to get a licence, and decides to drive on a suburban street at 5pm in that manner,” he said.
Defence solicitor Tristan Carlos said Aitcheson had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and issues with his intellectual functioning.
Magistrate Ross Mack said Aitcheson had previously breached probation orders and had unpaid fines.
Mr Carlos said Aitcheson’s difficulty maintaining work meant he had trouble paying fines.
“He’s instructed me that he’s prepared to perform a period of community service if your Honour imposes it,” he said.
Mr Mack considered a psychiatric report tendered to the court.
“I can’t sit here and say that you’re a bad person, all I can say is that you’re going to be challenged through life because of your condition,” he said.
“It strikes me that it would be unfair to send you to jail.”
Aitcheson was ordered to do 150 hours of community service and disqualified from driving for 12 months.