Hoon fined $1500 for racing

THE TEENAGER who raced traffic menace James Richardson along Boat Harbour Drive on February 7 has appeared in court.

Brendan James Hartmann’s car was stopped at a set of lights about 11.20pm when he heard the vehicle next to him revving.

It was 23-year-old drink-driver James Richardson, who was put on probation when he faced court for the offence on February 8.

The two young men did not know each other but decided to put the public in danger by racing their Holden Commodores, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard.

Police witnessed the vehicles reach speeds of at least 80kmh along the 60kmh stretch before Richardson lost control, crashed into a roundabout gutter and travelled into the oncoming lane.

But while Richardson walked away with a $500 fine for the charge of street racing, Hartmann’s fine for the same charge was triple that amount.

The $1500 fine from acting Magistrate Dennis Beutel came with a warning to Hartmann that the charge was a serious one.

Mr Beutel also disqualified the teenager’s licence for six months.

“I’d just like to say that I’m sorry for my actions,” Hartmann told the court, before adding that street racing the stranger had been a “ridiculous” decision on his part.

Hartmann had a female passenger with him at the time.

Both cars were impounded for 48 hours following the race.



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