Gladstone's Barry Mozley buys fridge for 'stick of weed'
BARRY Mozley was zipping along the Bruce Highway on Christmas Day enroute to see his mum when police snapped the drink-driving speedster.
With flashing lights and sirens on, the police highway patrol was unable to get him to pull over and stop.
Instead, Mozley a P-plated driver behind the wheel of his Toyota Camry sped away from police.
His Christmas festivities with family spoiled, Mozley, 26, has received a belated Christmas bonus with a $5500 fine issued by Gladstone magistrate Mark Morrow.
Prosecutor Sgt Sean Franklin said Miriam Vale police recorded the Camry at 10.45am on Christmas Day being driven at excessive speed, 121km/h in a 100 speed zone, and despite police flashing their headlights its driver sped past.
Sgt Franklin said Mozley sped up to 140km/h, sped past a ute, crossed over double lines on "a blind corner", and it was 3kms before he stopped on a side road.
Mozley, 26, a fencer, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to disobeying the speed limit; failing to stop; drink driving when a Provisional driver (0.087); and driving an unregistered car.
"He made full admissions to intentionally evading police," Sgt Franklin said.
"He says he panicked and his passenger told him to just go. His driving conduct endangered the lives of others."
Mozley also pleaded guilty to separate offences of fraud and receiving tainted property involving a stolen fridge and chainsaw in Gladstone last October and November in which he sold the stolen items to an unsuspecting pawn broker.
Mozley was fined an additional $1000 - a total of $6500.
He told police he got the fridge from a stranger for "a stick of weed".
"He acknowledges how stupid his behaviour was," said his lawyer Jun Pepito.
Mr Morrow said it was Christmas Day which probably gave some reason as to why he had alcohol the night before.
He disqualified Mozley from driving for 27 months and ordered him to pay $250 compensation to the pawnbroker.