Close shave with main street traf­fic

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who was al­most run over af­ter sit­ting in the mid­dle of Shute Har­bour Road, pleaded guilty in writ­ing to com­mit­ting a pub­lic nui­sance of­fence.

At 4.10am on March 8, po­lice pa­trolling the Air­lie CBD were ur­gently hailed by a taxi driver who told them he was forced to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid Philip Robin Thomas Her­rmann, sit­ting in the mid­dle of the road.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said Her­rmann was barely vis­i­ble due to poor street light­ing at this par­tic­u­lar spot.

She said po­lice had to stop the traf­fic while they re­moved the grossly in­tox­i­cated 21-year-old from his po­si­tion on the street.

She also said Her­rmann was too drunk to know what he’d been do­ing or how close he was to be­ing killed.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said Her­rmann’s let­ter to the court of­fered “no other in­sight into his stu­pid­ity” ex­cept to plead guilty to the charge.

He im­posed a $550 fine and recorded a con­vic­tion for the of­fence.

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