$5500 fine for evading police
A MAN who failed to stop his vehicle, thereby evading police, was fined $5500 in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
At 2.20am on May 4, Blackwater police noticed Christopher Michael Casey driving a silver Ford Falcon utility on Wattle Street.
They activated their flashing lights and siren, but the court heard Casey increased his speed and police lost sight of his car.
On June 25, police served an evasion notice on the registered owner of the vehicle, who then provided a statutory declaration naming Casey as the driver.
On September 17, the 27year-old, from Airlie Beach, attended the Mackay Northern Beaches police station where he admitted sometimes driving the vehicle but insisted he had never purposely evaded police.
“I can’t remember the night,” he told the court.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said this was a very serious offence, with police unable to give chase for reasons of maintaining the safety of the public and themselves.
In addition to the $5500 fine, Casey was disqualified from driving for two years.
“They’re both minimums,” Mr Stjernqvist said. “I can’t give you any less.” However, no conviction was recorded.