‘Hooning’ driver caught
Man put on 12-month probation for fishtailing in town’s main street
A MAN who fishtailed his car down the main street of Airlie Beach in the early hours of the morning while nearly twice the legal alcohol limit has been put on probation and lost his driver’s licence for 12 months.
Ayden Gerard Darren Froud, 22, of Mandalay, pleaded guilty in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday to dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving without a licence and driving over the general alcohol limit but not over the middle alcohol limit while not being the holder of a licence.
Prosecutor Robert Beamish said Froud fishtailed his car as he drove out of a driveway onto the main street of Airlie Beach at 1.43am on May 20.
The court was told an oncoming taxi had to swerve to miss his car.
Froud swerved from side-to-side for 104 metres before swinging 270 degrees to stop with the back of the car against the concrete wall at the Heart Hotel, Mr Beamish said.
A person sitting on the wall was only two metres away from the car when it came to a stop, and others were nearby as Froud was swerving along the road.
The court was told Froud drove away from police when they arrived on the scene.
Police went to his home at 2am, where they found Froud’s car with a blown rear tyre and missing its rear bumper, Mr Beamish said.
He was breath-tested at 2.32am and recorded a blood alcohol content of 0.096.
Mr Beamish said when asked by police why he fishtailed, he told them he had blown a tyre and “the only way out was to accelerate”.
However, Mr Beamish pointed out to the court the street was a 30km/h zone.
“Video suggests it was more consistent with hooning,” he said.
Froud’s solicitor, Sarah Smith, said her client had been drinking with friends when he saw his ex-girlfriend in a nightclub.
“He was having difficulty coping with the break-up,” she said.
Mrs Smith said Froud intended to wait for police when he came to a stop near the Heart Hotel but people had approached him and attempted to swing punches at him.
Magistrate Simon Young put Froud on probation for 12 months, with conditions to include he attend anger management and alcohol counselling.
He also disqualified him from holding a driver’s licence for 12 months.