‘I heard a bang’: Witnesses see bin crash while picnicking
A COUNCIL bin suffered the brunt of reckless driving in Helidon Spa when a 64-year-old Helidon man drove through a public park.
Picnickers tipped off Helidon police after they saw an older man driving a car crashing into a bin at 12.30pm on October 7.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Molinaro told the Gatton Magistrates Court the witness saw Jimmy Stevenson get out of the car, walk over to a tap to get a drink and then spend a few minutes removing his ute from the bin.
“He had driven through a gap in the barriers, normally to stop people driving into the picnic area of the park,” Sgt Molinaro said.
“He has then driven his vehicle into a fixed council rubbish bin, causing his vehicle to mount the bin and become stuck.”
Stevenson told Magistrate Robbie Davies he would plead guilty to a wilful damage charge but said he had not intended to destroy a bin.
“It’s not like I went out thinking I want to knock into a bin,” Stevenson said.
“It sort of snuck up on me … I knew the bin was there — I pulled in there and spun around the bin so I could pull up near the hose cock but then I heard a bang and thought what the hell was that?”
Mr Davies suggested to Stevenson he speak to the duty solicitor and think twice about pleading guilty.
Stevenson declined, saying he wanted to get it over with.
The court heard Stevenson fell over in front of police when they went to his house later that day to question him.
Mr Davies asked Stevenson if he had any health issues.
“I have a few disabilities; I am on Newstart — that’s as good as it’s going to get,” Stevenson said.
Magistrate Davies told Stevenson he would not be convicted and would not be punished.
“If you do something by accident, it’s not actually criminal,” he said.