Close shave with main street traffic
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.