Hooning dad fined

A 31-YEAR-OLD Ipswich concreter was busted drink driving after spinning his wheels so aggressively that witnesses called triple-0.

Ipswich Magistrates Court was told how several Yamanto residents dialled the emergency number after Corey James Beatson was seen doing burnouts at the end of a usually quiet cul-de-sac, about 4.30pm on February 4.

Prosecutor Sergeant John Nelson said witnesses complained of burned rubber so thick they could not see across the other side of the road.

Police caught up with the blue Holden Statesman about 30 minutes later, quickly realising the car was unregistered and sporting two bald rear tyres.

Beatson was also more than double the legal blood alcohol limit, with a reading of 0.118.

The court heard Beatson changed his rear tyres before setting out on his little hooning adventure.

The father of three pleaded guilty on Wednesday to making unnecessary noise and smoke, drink driving and driving an unregistered and defective vehicle.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client had done a lot of growing up in recent years, however, Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said it looked as though Beatson still had a way to go.

“I find this quite embarrassing really - to see a 31-year-old man with children doing burnouts in his car while he's on the grog,” Mr McLaughlin said. “I hope your kids aren't old enough to realise how foolish you were.”

Beatson was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for six months.



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