Driver swerves then hits brakes
A MAN slammed on his brakes in front of another motorist on the Ipswich Motorway because he “did not like his manner of driving”.
The victim had been driving east in a sedan on the Ipswich Motorway on September 9 about 3.45am when Glen Raymond Love, 41, drove past in the overtaking lane, swerved in front of him and then braked.
The sedan driver indicated and moved into the right lane to overtake Love, but Love swerved back into the right lane to stop the victim overtaking.
Ipswich Magistrate’s Court heard Love swerved again to drive in the middle of the two lanes so the sedan driver could not pass him. Love then slammed on the brakes to change his speed from 70kmh to 20kmh and moved into the left lane.
Prosecutor Sergeant Kerry Allison said the victim again tried to pass Love in the right lane, but Love swerved at him.
The sedan driver accelerated away but Love caught up and then ran up the back of his car, the court was told.
The victim noticed police were on the other side of the road and so pulled over to get their attention.
Love drove away, but the sedan driver wrote down his registration number.
He was caught a short time later.
Sgt Allison said the passenger in the sedan was very frightened throughout the incident.
Love pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
He was fined $1200 and his licence was disqualified for six months.
Defence lawyer David Millwater said the sedan driver had been engaging in similar childish behaviour on the road and Love had reacted badly.
“He took offence to his manner of driving,” Mr Millwater told the Ipswich court.
Magistrate Donna MacCallum described the incident as “bizarre and concerning”.
“That area through there is difficult to navigate at the best of times,” Ms MacCallum said.
“That conduct can lead to tragic consequences.”
Mr Millwater said Love denied deliberately running up the back of the victim’s car, saying it was an accident caused by being “boxed in”.
He said his client had a limited traffic history and was tired on the day from shift work.
Mr Millwater said Love now faced a $20,000 bill to repair his home after the floods.