Driver, 85, nearly hits police officer at 100kmh

AN 85-YEAR-old driver has been fined $750 for coming within metres of hitting a police officer on the highway and waving off a policeman who directed him to stop.

Neville Roy Johnson left Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday with his driver's licence despite pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop as directed by police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll said Johnson's driving was dangerous.

A semitrailer had broken down and was partially blocking a lane of the Bruce Hwy when police were called in to help with directing traffic.

"The arresting officer has observed the vehicle to be travelling at or about the posted speed of 100kmh and has observed the driver of the vehicle has not begun to slow down," Sgt Stagoll said.

She said the police officer had to leap out of the way to avoid being struck by Johnson's vehicle.

Another police officer further up the highway was called to intercept Johnson's vehicle by directing him to stop by the side of the road.

"The driver has then waved at the corroborating officer and driven off in a northerly direction," Sgt Stagoll said.

Johnson admitted he had not seen the first policeman until he was about 15m away despite the officer's reflective vest and it being daytime.



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