Disqualified driver swerved into car and sped off

A DISQUALIFIED driver swerved his vehicle into another car while travelling along a highway, then immediately drove off.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Tony Norman Bell pleaded guilty to several offences which included dangerous operation of a vehicle and disqualified driving charges.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum said the 42-year-old had been driving on the Centenary Highway in Darra when he apparently got frustrated with a driver in front of him.

After tailgating the motorist for a while, Bell sped up to overtake the vehicle and ended up swerving into it.

The collision didn't prompt Bell to stop and instead he sped off. He later contacted police to admit to the offences.

When the incident took place on May 3, Bell had been on a suspended jail sentence and was also disqualified from driving by a court.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick said Bell had not intended to hit the other vehicle when he swerved his car.

Mr Kissick said his client lived with his father on a farm in Tarome.

He said Bell's dad had a number of medical issues and that his client assisted his father with daily tasks.

Mr Kissick said Bell was prepared to pay compensation for any damage he caused to the victim's vehicle.

Ms MacCallum told Bell his driving that day had been "grossly inappropriate".

She noted Bell had a history of disqualified and unlicensed driving.

Bell was sentenced to jail, suspended for nine months and was disqualified from driving for three years. Ms MacCallum also activated the three-month suspended sentence which Bell had breached.


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