10 deaths the reason
EVERY hour of a hard five weeks working for nothing will be a reminder for William Kevin McCombes that he should have stopped his car when police told him to on August 12.
That was the expressed intention of the punishment handed down in Gympie Magistrates Court by magistrate Chris Callaghan on Thursday.
Mr Callaghan told the East Deep Creek 21-year-old a coroner had inquired into 10 deaths arising from police chases.
“Police officers were dying, people fleeing them were dying and other road users were dying,” Mr Callaghan said. Penalties had been increased to compensate for a recommended outcome banning chases. “The minimum penalty for not stopping is 50 penalty units or 50 days’ jail and a penalty unit is currently $135,” Mr Callaghan said.
Expressing a lack of confidence that McCombes could pay a $6750 fine, Mr Callaghan sentenced him to 150 hours of community service and disqualified him for two years.