Off-duty cop stops man’s erratic ride
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.