Clocked at 239kmh on wrong side of road while evading the cops
A DRIVER caught on radar hurtling down the wrong side of the road at 239kmh while evading police won't serve any time behind bars.
Craig Anthony Collins, 28, moved to Mackay after his actions on the road in Rockhampton, which a magistrate described as "downright dangerous".
Mackay Magistrates Court was told during Collins' sentencing that his "disgraceful" traffic record includes at least 10 speeding offences.
However, despite referring to Collins as a "hoon" and criticising his potentially deadly driving, Magistrate Damien Dwyer declared locking Collins up would have "no benefit".
Collins pleaded guilty on Wednesday to dangerous operation of a vehicle, failing to stop for police and wilfully making unnecessary noise or smoke about 6.50pm on December 20, 2015.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine said Collins had been spotted by police doing a "burnout" in a Ford Falcon sedan at an intersection.
Loud engine revs and squealing tyres brought Collins to the attention of police.
Officers engaged their lights and sirens to intercept Collins, but watched his car "pull away rapidly", running a red light before crossing on to the wrong side of the road.
Police clocked him at 239kmh, in a 70kmh zone and officers terminated their attempts to pull Collins over due to the risk of a crash.
Later, Collins realised police were looking for him and attended a police station.
He made some admissions, after initially denying involvement.
In court Collins did not contest the police's version of events.
After a lengthy delay by the prosecution in Rockhampton, according to defence solicitor Cassandra Adorni-Braccesi, Collins' case was moved to Mackay.
Ms Adorni-Braccesi, of Wallace & Wallace Lawyers, described her client as a diesel fitter and turner who was recently married and had improved his attitude to driving.
She noted Collins, described as remorseful, hadn't committed any other offences in two years and that he'd completed a defensive driving course.
The solicitor asked Mr Dwyer to consider Collins' actions "out of character", but Mr Dwyer refused to accept that, considering Collins' traffic record.
Mr Dwyer, taking into account a timely plea, said he hoped a lack of recent offending showed the "penny has finally dropped" for Collins.
The magistrate disqualified Collins' licence for three years and fined him $8000.
A conviction was not recorded for the offence of wilfully making unnecessary noise or smoke.