Car smashed into house No- li­cence hoon free

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

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.

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