Drive off

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

JOHN Pa­trick Smith, 42, was seen hold­ing his phone and driv­ing along Abell Rd, Can­non­vale, on July 5 at 3.30pm.

As he pulled over and po­lice ap­proached his ve­hi­cle they no­ticed him talk­ing on his phone.

Pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said while po­lice were writ­ing him a ticket he got out of his ve­hi­cle, yelling that he was go­ing to the po­lice sta­tion and drove off.

Duty Lawyer Cleo Re­wald said the in­ci­dent was a mis­un­der­stand­ing as Smith had ini­tially pulled over to make an im­por­tant call and didn’t no­tice po­lice were pur­su­ing him un­til they ap­proached.

Smith plead guilty to ob­struct­ing po­lice, fail­ing to stop for po­lice and us­ing a phone while driv­ing.

He was fined $800.

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