$5500 fine for evad­ing po­lice

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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