Driving recklessly charges: Police v IS

Facts:

The offender was driving his motor vehicle when two Rangers approached his vehicle. Whilst one of the Rangers was in front of the motor vehicle, the offender started the motor vehicle’s engine. The offender accelerated the motor vehicle causing the bonnet of the motor vehicle to impact both Rangers, the offender has then brought the motor vehicle to a stop with both Rangers on the bonnet. Both Rangers have removed themselves from the bonnet, the offender has then reversed his motor vehicle before and accelerating, stopping abruptly before the two Rangers.

No persons were injured as a result of the incident and no property was damaged. The offender was charged with ‘Drive vehicle recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous’ and ‘negligent driving (not occasioning death/GBH)’ by the Police.

Outcome:

The solicitor for the offender made successful representations to the police resulting in the withdrawal of the charge of ‘Drive vehicle recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous’ on the morning of the hearing. The offender pleaded guilty to the second sequence and his solicitor made submissions setting out the offender’s good character, remorse, and version of events.

The Local Court Magistrate fined the offender, and ordered that he pay the Court costs.