Drug drive, bald tyres

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

DO­ING burnouts on the cor­ner of Blen­heim Rd and Mul­go­wie Rd, Lai­d­ley Heights has lost an 18-year-old meat­worker his li­cence for three months and landed him a $400 fine.

Mitchell Jones-pin­combe was also charged with op­er­at­ing a car in a dan­ger­ous con­di­tion af­ter po­lice no­ticed the car he had been driv­ing had tyres “so bald they could ex­plode at any minute”.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Sergeant Moli­naro told the Gat­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day po­lice had been tipped off to cars do­ing burnouts at 5.45pm on May 29.

When po­lice ar­rived, they went to talk to one of the driv­ers.

“(Jones-pin­combe) was speak­ing very slowly and qui­etly with his an­swers but said he had not con­sumed al­co­hol,” Sgt Moli­naro said.

A drug test re­vealed he had traces of marijuana in his sys­tem.

The con­di­tion of Jones-pin­combe’s car also landed him in hot wa­ter.

“The two rear tyres on his car were dan­ger­ously bald, so much so the pas­sen­ger side had started de-lam­i­nat­ing and the me­tal re­in­forc­ing of the tyre was stick­ing through,” Sgt Moli­naro said.

Mag­is­trate Rob­bie Davies told Jones-pin­combe the of­fences were se­ri­ous.

“It is se­ri­ous to drive a car with tyres that are use­less be­cause it’s dan­ger­ous to other peo­ple and the driver,” Mr Davies said.

“It’s also dan­ger­ous to drive with drugs in your sys­tem.”

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