News

Hoon doing 'donuts' tears up public field

A HOON has been caught ripping up parts of a playing field in Redbank Plains by doing a series of donuts in his car.

The driver, Michael Leigh Argus-Cullen, faced Ipswich Magistrates Court this week to plead guilty to driving without due care and attention.

The 18-year-old was seen by witnesses doing donuts and skids on grass verges and public fields at 1am in the morning on April 6.

Police prosecutor Constable Toni Hay said Argus-Cullen had been performing the stunt manoeuvres in his four-wheel drive with a group of mates.

Police were called to the location on School Rd and found the teen in his vehicle towing another car that had become stuck in the mud.

Argus-Cullen told officers he had not been involved in the hooning behaviour and had just arrived to help tow his friend's vehicle. However, after speaking with witnesses, it was found out the teen had been lying to police.

When police ordered Argus-Cullen to hand over his keys to impound his vehicle, he refused and locked the car and walked away. He was charged with an additional offence of obstructing police.

Defence lawyer Alexis Oxley said Argus-Cullen worked as a landscaper and required his vehicle for work.

Ms Oxley said her client had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and had no previous criminal history.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Argus-Cullen tearing up playing fields with his driving was "unacceptable" behaviour.

"I note you are employed as a landscaper - perhaps you could use your skills to repair some of the damage you caused," she suggested.

Argus-Cullen was fined $500 in court. No convictions were recorded.

Topics:  driving without due care and attention, hooning, ipswich magistrates court




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Having battled PND four times, Mel says the secret is sleep

'I just thought, don’t all mothers get no sleep?’

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Breaking: Ninth case of black lung is confirmed

Section of a coal worker's lung showing black lung disease with progressive massive fibrosis.Contributed

A 62-year-old underground miner has been diagnosed with black lung.

Roar training adds to Joe’s NPL quality

Western Pride footballer Joe Duckworth.

Duckworth thrives on extra work

Latest deals and offers

Hey Mumma Working

What's tougher - full time work or being a mum, why?

What's tougher - full time work or being a mum, why?

Shayne Neumann

Shayne Neumann MP. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times

Shayne Neumann

Scott Buchholz MP for Wright

Incumbent Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz of the Liberal National Party.Photo: Contributed

Scott Buchholz MP member for Wright.

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four