Reckless car ride, theft ends in court

YOU would never live with yourself if you killed a child, Magistrate M. Baldwin told a young man who drove recklessly on Stumm Rd on July 2.

Darren John McFaul, 24, told the magistrate he had only recently come off his medication when he committed the offence, one of seven he was charged with when facing Gympie Magistrates Court last Thursday, including stealing and breach of bail.

The court heard Gympie police followed McFaul's vehicle after it was seen speeding on Exhibition Rd.

When it stopped in Eugene St, skid marks and large gouges in the vehicle's front tyre revealed it had hit the gutter before stopping in the middle of the road.

"It was clearly not an accident," police prosecutor Sergeant Lisa Manns told the court. The vehicle was also found uninsured, unregistered and with false plates that had been stolen from Southside in June.

A few days later, McFaul was caught on CCTV stealing a bottle of spirits from The Jockey Club, when he hid it down his pants and left the store without paying.

Mrs Baldwin told the Veteran man a rehabilitative order would help give him direction. She placed him on six months probation and fined him $900.

"I'm concerned that you're at a loose end and have time on your hands," she said.

The man was also disqualified from driving for one month and ordered to complete a Roadcraft training program.

Gympie Times

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