"Smash-up derby" at home goes bad as car bursts into flames

A WALLOON man who staged a destruction derby on his property needed the help of fire crews when one of the vehicles burst into flames.

Curtis Daniel Flood pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle this week when he faced Ipswich Magistrates Court over the September 6 incident.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matthew Donnelly said the 37-year-old concreter had invited friends to his house for a "smash-up derby".

The motorsport event sees drivers compete by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another.

When one of the vehicles caught fire Queensland Fire and Rescue crews had to be called to the address.

As firefighters tried to extinguish the flames, Flood impeded their efforts by climbing aboard a Bobcat and using the earthmover to push the car around.

As a result of Flood's actions, firies had to quickly get out of the way to avoid being hit by the Bobcat.

Flood also drove the vehicle over their hoses, the court was told.

Sgt Donnelly said when police later arrived at the property they noted that Flood appeared to be drunk.

Defence lawyer Erin Dwar said Flood had been trying to flip the car over to assist firefighters in putting out the flames.

She told the court the father of one did not mean to cause any danger and was sorry for what had occurred.

He was fined $2200 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for six months.



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