Mark Dadson
Mark Dadson

Thursday night 'hoon' fined and disqualified for drifting

A ROCKHAMPTON Magistrate today told a man he "found it pretty hard to accept" he wasn't hooning after police watched him drift his V8 Commodore around a corner on Yaamba Rd last month.  

Mark Anthony Dadson pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary noise and smoke after police intercepted him shortly before 9pm on April 7.  

But a car impounded for 90 days, a $350 fine and a three month licence disqualification were not Dadson's only concerns in court yesterday.  

"It was my partner's car - she's really happy about it," he told Magistrate Cameron Press.   

Police prosecutor Manon Barwick said police were waiting at the intersection behind a group of vehicles when the defendant's car "heavily revved, rapidly accelerated and drifted sideways, causing a lack of traction".   

Dadson told police he was "having problems with the vehicle's clutch and was well aware when he dropped the clutch (it) would lose traction".   

"I wasn't lapping, I had been shopping and I went down the road and did a u-bolt," Dadson told the court.  

Magistrate Press said he found it "pretty hard to accept".  

"It was a Thursday night, you were in the number one position on the North Side, with people charging up and down there all night revving their engines with no regard to people trying to sleep," he said.  

"And you just happened to double clutch it or whatever they call it."