A QUICK joy ride in a 'paddock car' came at a high cost for a Maaroom man, after he was fined $1550 for taking his defective vehicle on the road.
Shayne Raymond Wood pleaded guilty to four traffic charges in Maryborough Magistrates Court, including driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle, driving a safe but otherwise defective vehicle, and using registration plates belonging to another vehicle.
The court heard Wood had taken his Toyota Corolla on to Maddick Rd, Boonooroo, on August 13 and then abandoned it at the side of the road.
"Police who attended the scene determined that the car was defective as the steering column was missing and they could see mismatched electrical wires," police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said.
"On attending Mr Wood's address he admitted to driving the vehicle to Maddick Rd.
"He told officers he knew the car was defective because he usually drove it in his paddock."
Police also discovered the car had licence plates from another vehicle in the boot which had been used on the vehicle, Sgt Quirk said.
Wood was fined $400 for driving a safe but otherwise defective vehicle, $300 for using a registration permit belonging to another vehicle, $450 for driving an uninsured vehicle and $400 for driving an unregistered vehicle.