$550 fine for let­ting tyres down

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who al­legedly let the tyres down on two marked po­lice cars in Air­lie Beach ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day charged with wil­ful dam­age.

Michael Wayne Toombs was seen re­mov­ing the valve caps and de­flat­ing two tyres on a po­lice car parked op­po­site Mag­nums at 11.50pm on Novem­ber 15.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said Toombs also de­flated a tyre on a po­lice car parked out­side Paddy’s Shenani­gans at 12am on Novem­ber 16.

The front pas­sen­ger side tyre on the first ve­hi­cle was found to be down by 7 PSI with the rear tyre 16 PSI down from the rec­om­mended run­ning pres­sure. Ms Cas­sells said this would have ren- dered the car dan­ger­ous. The tyre on the sec­ond ve­hi­cle was down by 5 PSI.

In court on Mon­day Toombs dis­puted th­ese facts, say­ing there was only one in­ci­dent and one car. How­ever he ap­par­ently ad­mit­ted to po­lice that this was some­thing he had done be­fore.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said he was wor­ried about the for­mer Townsville res­i­dent “hang­ing around here if you’re prone to do this”.

“It’s an alarm­ing act of stu­pid­ity Mr Toombs,” he said.

“I’m just wor­ried that some­one would even think of do­ing it.”

Toombs was fined $550 and con­vic­tions were recorded against him for the of­fence.

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