Judge slams driver's 'unbelievable' traffic history

FILE SHOT: Bundaberg court house Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail
FILE SHOT: Bundaberg court house Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail Zach Hogg BUN110814CRT3

A BUNDABERG man who continued to rack up 22 demerit points in driving offences after being charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle last August will spend four months behind bars.

Trent Andrew Christensen pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg District Court on Thursday to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possessing four rounds of ammunition, after being stopped by police following an incident on the Tallon Bridge on August 6, 2014.

Judge John Smith delivered the 12-month head sentence with a parole release date of June 11 this year after taking into consideration Christensen's "significant" traffic history.

He said following the incident Christensen had continued to offend, accruing 22 demerit points since being charged.

Judge Smith noted between 2002 and 2014 Christensen had accrued 107 demerit points and he also took into consideration that a suspended jail sentence following two dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charges in 2002 had failed to curb Christensen's disregard for the road rules.

"You really haven't modified your behaviour on Queensland roads," he said.

Judge Smith described Christensen's traffic history as "unbelievable" and said a jail sentence was appropriate as a deterrent to Christensen and other road users.

"It needs to be shown to you and other members of the community this type of behaviour can't continue," he said.

Judge Smith also disqualified Christensen from driving for three years.

The court heard on August 6 last year Christensen was driving across the Tallon Bridge when he overtook a four-wheel drive at speed.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover said the driver of the four-wheel drive and a police car travelling in the opposite direction both had to apply the brakes to avoid a collision and allow a very small space for Christensen to pull into.

Snr Const Glover said the incident happened about 8.20am, when there was heavy traffic on the bridge including parents driving their children to school and people on their way to work.

She said police performed a u-turn and stopped and spoke to Christensen who admitted he was driving in such a manner because he was late for work and was on his last warning.

Police also found four rounds of ammunition in the centre console of his car.

Topics:  court demerit points

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