Mandurah court: man driving ute with no brakes crashes into fence, causing $1000 damage

Mandurah court: man driving ute with no brakes crashes into fence, causing $1000 damage

A MAN who used the gears of his ute for brakes crashed into a fence in Pinjarra, causing $1000 worth of damage.

Luke Allan Roney appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today via video link from Hakea Prison.

Roney pleaded guilty to being the driver of a vehicle involved in an incident where property was damaged, failed to give details as required, two counts of breach of bail, damaging property, dangerous driving, no authority to drive (never held a licence) and used an unlicensed vehicle on a road.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Roney was driving a Ford ute near Carcoola Avenue in Pinjarra on September 28.

She said Roney knew his brakes did not work, he could not stop and he crashed into a gate. Roney then drove off, telling a neighbour his brakes were not working. The utility did not have a number plate.

The duty lawyer said Roney had purchased the vehicle that day. He wanted to do it up, in a bid to stay out of trouble.

She said Roney had plans to get the vehicle back to his property, but they fell through.

Roney took a risk to drive and the brakes were working initially. When the brakes failed, Roney called a friend to give him a lift. He thought the house was his friends, but they had moved.

The lawyer said Roney had spent four nights in custody.

Roney was fined $1000 and cannot apply for a driver’s license for nine months.