Man fined after crash in unroadworthy car

FAILING to fix an unroadworthy car has proven costly for Alexanda James Beckman.

Beckman pleaded guilty to five charges on Tuesday, including driving without reasonable consideration, driving while disqualified and driving a vehicle that was not in a safe condition, as well as drugs charges.

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer said police attended a crash on the corner of Rosella and Fletcher Sts at 2pm on July 14.

She said Beckman told police that the brakes had failed in his car.

He had been told only days before by police that his car was unroadworthy and was ordered to repair it.

The rear windscreen was broken, the driver's side window did not work and the tyres were bald on his gold Mazda.

Beckman was on a court-ordered suspension at the time of the accident.

The 20-year-old man again came to the police's attention on August 18 when they attended a Watt St, Gladstone, address.

On entering police smelt burnt cannabis and located scissors, a water pipe and a plastic "chop bowl".

Police also found a small amount of cannabis between the cushions of a couch.

Beckman admitted to police that all the items were his and were for his personal use.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Beckman had shown a wilful disregard of the court order and police directions.

"As if to prove that the vehicle was unsafe, you were involved in an accident," she said.

"You placed other people's lives at risk.

"If you can't afford to fix your vehicle you can't afford to have one on the road."

Beckman was fined $1200 for the five charges and was disqualified from driving for two years.



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