Teenager fined for driving offences
A BOWEN teenager who went on a “five-day binge” during Airlie Beach Schoolies week was described as a “toolie” and “remorseless... to the end” in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court this week.
Jack West Ashton was 18 last November when he drove a car down the main street of Airlie Beach while under the influence of alcohol and without his green P plates attached.
To make matters worse, Ashton, who recently turned 19, ran away from police and initially denied his crimes despite the fact he was ‘caught on camera’.
In court on Monday, police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith outlined the night of November 22, when police saw Ashton driving a silver Ford sedan through the Waterson Way roundabout at speed. Ms Smith said the car turned into the main street with a distinct “outward lean”. She said Ashton parked, got out of the driver’s seat and sprinted across the road away from police. The whole scenario was captured by a camera mounted on the dashboard of the police car.
Ashton, who admitted drinking half a carton of beer that day, blew 0.178.
On November 26 he was banned from the Airlie Beach Safe Night Precinct (SNP) from 6pm-6am for 10 days. The very next day he was found at lagoon playground at 1.10am.
Ms Smith said Ashton had not shown any remorse for his actions, in fact continually denying the driving charges, which were previously listed for trial.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist agreed Ashton had “no scruple” in forcing the prosecution to complete preparations for a trial – even though he knew his actions had been filmed.
Defence solicitor Leah McDonnell from Ruddy, Tomlins & Baxter, said Ashton hadn’t come to court to make excuses for his behaviour and that since this “five-day alcohol bender” he had changed his ways. Mr Stjernqvist wasn’t convinced. “You deserve negligible mitigating consideration,” he told Ashton.
“[And] the big ticket item is that you’re a triple zero P plater [and] 0.178 is light years from triple zero”.
For the driving offences, Ashton was fined $1300 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. For contravening the banning notice he received an additional $440 fine. Convictions were not recorded on any count.