Off-duty cop stops man’s er­ratic ride

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

A HAT­TON Vale man was fined $1800 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for six months af­ter tak­ing an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer on a wild ride.

Kris­tian Nemeth, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle when he ap­peared in Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court last week.

An off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer wit­nessed Nemeth swerv­ing dan­ger­ously along Red­bank Plains Road about 3.30pm on July 31 last year. He was even­tu­ally re­strained by the of­fi­cer af­ter driv­ing er­rat­i­cally for close to 7km, hitting a kerb and crash­ing into a parked car, caus­ing ma­jor dam­age to the ve­hi­cle.

Sev­eral other ve­hi­cles had to swerve to avoid a col­li­sion. The of­fi­cer found him to be in­tox­i­cated on an un­known sub­stance.

A work-re­lated back in­jury in April 2016 left Nemeth in se­vere pain and un­able to work. He was on a num­ber of pain med­i­ca­tions at the time, in­clud­ing some he sourced on­line.

Nemeth told the court he was deeply re­morse­ful for his ac­tions. A con­vic­tion was not recorded.

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