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Court strips teen of licence

A YOUNG Hervey Bay hoon who vowed to drive "however he chooses" was labelled in court a danger to the community and stripped of his licence for one year.

P-plater Joshua James Andersen had only held his licence for four months when he went through a Give Way sign, sped away from police and lost control on a gravel road with a female passenger in the front seat.

He had also been drinking and was breaking his late-night driving curfew.

When 17-year-old Andersen appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, it was revealed he'd already had numerous traffic infringements.

The court was told "other people need to be protected" from him.

"It appears he's got a death wish, but that shan't be for other people, I can assure you,"

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said.

Andersen's latest offences occurred about 3.15am on March 11.

Police were patrolling when they saw his red Holden Commodore ute turn onto a Torquay street at speed and then go through a Give Way sign.

Police tried to signal for Andersen to stop, but he continued to speed away, the court heard.

It was only when Andersen lost control and spun out on gravel that he stopped, his vehicle now facing the oncoming police car amid a cloud of dust and debris.

When the officers spoke with him, he said he thought he was being chased by somebody else.

But his front seat passenger was more honest, telling police she feared for her safety and that Andersen had asked her to lie and say the pair was being chased.

Andersen, whose Blood Alcohol Content was .028, told police he "repeatedly drives erratically and it was his right to drive any way he chooses".

When police warned him his actions could lead to death, he said: "At least I'll die happy."

"Why do you try to be such a hero like that?" Mr Tatnell asked the unremorseful teenager.

"You've got a lot to learn about motor vehicles, Mr Andersen."

Andersen was fined $1750 along with the 12 month licence disqualification.

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