Afternoon drive with no licence costs man $500
WHEN Lathanuel Mack took his mother's car for an afternoon drive on October 2, he did not expect to end the journey fleeing police.
Mack, who appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court in custody yesterday for another matter, pleaded guilty to one count each of failing to comply with a police order to stop a vehicle and driving unlicensed after he tried to evade detection at a random breath testing station on Haynes St.
Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court Mack borrowed his mother's green Hyundai Excel to go for a drive but was directed by police to stop for a random breath test at 12.50pm and sped off after queuing for a short amount of time.
Police waved at him to stop but Mack continued to drive away.
Police intercepted Mack at his home at Kangaroo Country Caravan Park at 4pm when he told them he was unlicensed and had never held a licence.
A defence lawyer for Mack said the 25-year-old "just wanted to go for a drive".
"He simply panicked," the defence lawyer said.
Magistrate Jeff Clarke fined Mack $500 and disqualified him from driving for three months with no conviction recorded.