Man slugged $7290 for unprovoked road rage attack
A MAN who injured two people and smashed up their car in an apparently unprovoked road rage attack at Bli Bli has been ordered to pay $7290.
Luke Jason Levingstone, 31, of Nambour, yesterday was ordered to pay more than $5000 in fines and compensation over the violent incident.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tony Melmeth told Maroochydore Magistrates Court that Levingstone had been a passenger in a car that had been flashing its lights at a vehicle in front on January 27.
Snr Const Melmeth said the occupants of the first car pulled over on Willis Rd, Bli Bli, to check their vehicle and were followed by the second car, driven by Levingstone's wife.
He said Levingstone struck a male from the first vehicle several times with a closed fist and then punched and kicked the car.
Levingstone then turned his attention on the female occupant as she was trying to take photos.
He attempted to grab her phone, pushed her and punched her before the male victim intervened and hit him.
The court heard that the victims' car, which had been bought only a week earlier for $5000, sustained $4750 worth of damage.
No explanation was given for the attack by Levingstone, who had no history of violence, the court was told.
Levingstone's lawyer, Kurt Fowler, said his client simply wanted to finalise the matter in court because his wife was expecting a baby in three weeks.
"He wants to move forward with his life," he said.
Levingstone, who pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault and another of wilful damage, was fined $1900 and ordered to pay $5390 in compensation.