Hoon lucky not to kill someone

A MAN who repeatedly spun his car around in the middle of a busy intersection at dusk admitted to drinking a mug full of whisky before getting behind the wheel.

Wayne Adam Cliff Ellis ran a red light at speed at Redbank Plains before spinning his Holden sedan in a 360-degree motion four or five times, and then speeding off.

The 22-year-old then came back to the same intersection and ploughed through another red light, before doing a U-turn in the middle of the intersection and taking off again.

An off-duty police officer saw him head down a suburban street, go through a give way sign and then "fishtail" his car, hitting a parked vehicle.

Ellis eventually stopped and fled on foot.

The officer identified himself as police so Ellis returned to the scene.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard a roadside breath test revealed a reading of 0.094.

Ellis told police he had consumed six full-strength beers and a mug of whisky before getting behind the wheel.

Police Prosecutor Acting Sergeant Brad Dick said the driving had occurred at 6.10pm on October 8.

Ellis pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and drink driving. He was sentenced to four months in prison, wholly suspended for 21 months, and disqualified from driving for 21 months.

Ellis pleaded guilty to a separate charge of wilfully making unnecessary noise and smoke after doing burnouts at Redbank Plains on October 3 and was fined $200.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Ellis had made poor judgment on the night of the offence.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum said "clearly you have gone right off the rails on this occasion".

She noted it was "good luck rather than good management" that Ellis didn't kill anyone.

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