Driver pursues love rival in park
SURGING hormones and young love clouded the decision-making of a teenager who used his vehicle to chase another male, Gympie Magistrates Court heard.
Blake Steven Warren Jo Jaenke, 17, was driving on March 6 when he saw his girlfriend with a male who had been in a relationship with her.
Jaenke braked, causing all four wheels to lock up and the car skidded sideways.
Smoke and screeching came from the tyres as the vehicle mounted a gutter and crossed a footpath before Jaenke pursued the male through a park.
The court heard Jaenke spun his car several times, throwing rocks and dust on bystanders, and nearly hit a parked car.
The male then approached Jaenke's car and began punching him through the window.
Jaenke leapt from his car and a scuffle broke out as people tried to intervene.
Jaenke jumped back in his car and sped off.
Jaenke pleaded guilty to dangerously operating a vehicle. He was placed on a $1500 good behaviour bond and disqualified from driving for six months.