Drunken rampage but work proceeds

DEVELOPMENT of the Harvey Norman and light industrial site on Pilot Farm Rd has been delayed by a week after a man's drunken rampage on Christmas Day.

Despite a damage bill in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, site developer Tony Dawes said work continued to progress.

"I've never heard of something like this happening before," Mr Dawes said.

"It hasn't really delayed the development, maybe by a week or so.

"It's certainly a surprising thing to have happened."

Mr Dawes said there was no damage to the construction aspect of the commercial project.

He confirmed the project was still on track and scheduled to be handed over to the Harvey Norman group in mid-February.

The alleged offender, who was a 43-year-old Sunshine Coast man, was apprehended by police without incident.

He was remanded in custody before appearing in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court by phone on Boxing Day.

The matter was adjourned until January 13, when police will allege that the man, employed as a labourer on the site, chased two of his work colleagues in a front end loader after an argument broke out on December 25.

He allegedly destroyed a privately owned car after a brief chase and drove the heavy machinery into three dongas, which were reportedly left severely damaged.

Police will also allege the man picked up a shipping container, then dropped it on another donga and flipped a parked prime mover and trailer on to a nearby water truck.

Two utilities were also flipped on their sides when police arrived at the site.

The man allegedly recorded a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.223%.

He was charged by police with driving under the influence of liquor.

He was also charged with 12 counts of wilful damage and one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, dangerous operation of a vehicle and unlawful use.

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