Road rage costs man $2000

Doug Thomas confronted a teenager with an iron bar, after he did a burnout in his street.
Doug Thomas confronted a teenager with an iron bar, after he did a burnout in his street.

Luke Ashley Moore (19) pleaded guilty to dangerous driving occasioning bodily harm and wilfully driving a motor vehicle causing excessive noise.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rod Murray said Moore was driving a vehicle on Calypso Road on December 8, 2011 and did a burnout. Sgt Murray said Moore stopped at the car park and later followed another car back down Calypso Road.

The court was told resident Doug Thomas was standing in the middle of the road holding an iron bar. The first vehicle swerved around Thomas but Moore stopped his vehicle.

Sgt Murray said Moore revved the engine to intimidate Thomas, but when he did not get off the road, Moore drove towards him. Moore’s vehicle was travelling about 45km/h when it hit Thomas, who hit the windscreen.

The iron bar penetrated the windscreen.

Thomas’s injuries included a swollen arm, a fracture and abrasions.

Lawyer Brian Mahon said Moore had no previous record and it was an act of stupidity.

‘Within 10 minutes he handed himself into police,’ Mr Mahon said.

He said Moore had developed a skin condition from stress associated with the incident.

‘It has taken its toll,’ Mr Mahon said.

Moore lost his licence for 12 months.

The court was told Thomas had been charged with going armed with a weapon and was fined $1000.