Next stop: the morgue

A TEENAGE driver has been warned his next stop is the morgue if he keeps up his dangerous driving.

Police saw James Andrew William Broadfoot do a burn-out in a Holden Commodore ute on the corner of Ellenborough and Brisbane Sts on August 11 at about 10.40pm. They followed the 19-year-old along Brisbane St and then up Waghorn St before seeing him pull up next to another car at a set of lights.

Police watched him have a conversation with the other driver before he sped off.

Police prosecutor Acting Sergeant Brad Dick said Broadfoot veered onto the wrong side of the road, crossing double white lines, travelling on the wrong side until his car "jolted" back into the correct lane.

By this stage police had started their pursuit in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but Broadfoot fled.

Police saw him run a red light before finally being brought to a stop on Lowry St, North Ipswich.

On September 24 police interviewed Broadfoot, who said the driver of the other vehicle had made threats to him and he became scared so sped off.

Two days later, on the night of the workshops museum fire, Broadfoot drove to check out the blaze. Police attending the scene noted he was unlicensed, but as they were busy with the fire he wasn't charged until late October.

Defence lawyer Erin Beer told the court her client was associating with a different peer group at the time of the offending.

Ms Beer said despite Broadfoot's traffic history "he had seen the error of his ways".

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Broadfoot was very fortunate no-one was injured.

"You're 18 and think you're bullet proof," Ms Sturgess said.

"I am sure your mother would rather get a call saying you are in the watchhouse rather than the morgue."

Broadfoot, an apprentice boilermaker, pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving while unlicensed. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and disqualified for eight months.



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