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Motorist fined for using detector

A MAN has been fined $400 for using a radar detector to avoid being charged with motoring offences.

Cole Alan Diamond pleaded guilty in the Gladstone Magistrate's Court, charged with using a radar detector and similar devices.

Police prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Troy Daubaras told the court the defendant was driving along the Bruce Highway when pulled over by police at 12.15pm on August 31.

The patrol had spotted a car heading north, behind another vehicle.

“Police observed the defendant remove something from the dash of the car while driving,” Snr Const Daubaras said.

He said the defendant hid the Beltronics radar detector under the seat.

Diamond told them the device was used before overtaking and that he wasn't aware it was illegal to have one.

Snr Const Daubaras said police wondered why, if the defendant was unaware such devices were illegal, he tried to hide it.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said looking at the defendant's history, he could understand why he would want to avoid being charged with any more offences, but there were legal ways to do so, like not speeding to start with.

Diamond was fined $300 and a conviction was recorded.

In another case, a woman who tried to escape police custody by reaching over to unlock the front door of a police vehicle was fined $850. Robyn Lillian Leeson pleaded guilty to one charge of wilful damage and one of public nuisance in the Gladstone Magistrate's Court.

Police told the court Mt Larcom police received calls from the public about yelling and screeching of tyres at 11pm on August 20.

“They were flagged down by a person with a torch and told a person was hiding in the grass,” Snr Const Daubaras said.

He said police found Ms Leeson, who was intoxicated and abusive. Police were told she had earlier won money on Keno and had argued with her de facto.

They were told she was last seen running out on to the Bruce Highway into traffic.

Mr Daubaras told the court that after Ms Leeson was apprehended, she was left in the rear of the police vehicle while police went looking for her purse and de facto.

He said the defendant managed to reach around to unlock the front door of the vehicle, and also managed to pull wires out of the police radio's speaker.

Defence solicitor Brad Krebs said Ms Leeson was assaulted by her de facto after they left the establishment and the screeching of the tyres occurred when he dumped her on the side of the road.

“It's an unfortunate matter that my client started off as the victim and ended up the defendant,” he said.

“When police arrived, she was suffering from an anxiety attack.”

Mr Krebs said she tried to escape because she felt claustrophobic, brought on by the anxiety attack. He said she had a medical history of being treated for anxiety.

Ms Leeson was fined $850 and the cost to fix the items in the police car of $93.25.

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