Rockingham: man who used car ‘as a weapon’ avoids jail

A MAN who used his car as a weapon to create fear has been fined $1800, disqualified from driving for 26 months and placed on an intensive supervison order for 18-months.

John Anton had previously pleaded guilty one charge of endanger life health or safety of a person, excess 0.08g and reckless driving.

The prosecutor said Anton drove to a home in Waikiki on March 12 where he got into an altercation with another male.

He then got into his car and drove directly at the victim who had had to take evasive action along with several family members who were also standing with the victim.

Anton has then reversed and attempted to drive at the victim again.

No one was injured but he did do some damage to a neighbours’ property when he drove at the family.

Counsel for the accused said Anton had attended the address with his son due to an earlier grievance where the victim had beaten Anton’s son with beer bottles and iron bars.

She said Anton’s son was taken to hospital with injuries from that assault.

He wanted to avenge his son’s honour so decided to drive into the victim.

Anton was arrested that night.

Counsel said Anton had taken responsibility for his actions, admitted he did wrong and that he was intoxicated at the time so had poor judgement.

She said he had written an apology note to the neighbour and given his contact details to pay for damages.

Anton held a respected position with BHP Billiton and was remorseful for his actions.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said Anton had revved his engine and driven at the victim, and his family who had to take evasive action.

“Your actions could have caused significant injury. It was appalling,” she said.

“You are not a child.”

She said his references were to his credit but refused to accept one.

“I don’t accept I need to take from them what penalties I need to imply – that is inappropriate as a letter to the court.

“I do not accept them.

“You need to address your drinking as this is your third drink driving offence.”

“I considered whether or not to send you to prison but I have drawn back from that,” Magistrate Atkins said.