Truck driver to contest 'hazardous' high beams on Philip St
A GLADSTONE truck driver is expected to challenge a charge regarding the alleged hazardous use of high beam headlights along Philip St.
Shane Anthony Sealey appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday to face one charge of using headlights on high beam at an oncoming vehicle - an offence that could be dealt with by a $53 fine.
Mr Sealey initially entered a plea of guilty but indicated to Magistrate Dennis Kinsella he did not agree with the police facts.
It is alleged Mr Sealey, a truck driver of about 30 years, drove past an approaching police vehicle on Philip St with both his high beams and LED lights on about 11.45pm on January 10.
Police prosecutor Kelvin Boyd said the police officers commented on the brightness of Mr Sealey's lights and the "hazardous” nature of continuing to drive with those lights on. Mr Boyd said Mr Sealey was observed to be driving with the high beams on for another 300m after passing the police, so officers decided to do a U-turn and intercepted the 54-year-old motorist.
When officers approached Mr Sealey, he was "hostile”, the court was told.
The court was told Mr Sealey had claimed his high beams were on, but not for as long as the officers said.
In court, Mr Sealey continued to dispute police facts.
Mr Kinsella said it sounded like Mr Sealey wanted to plead not guilty.
Mr Sealey, who also brought photos to court, said he did not believe he should have been charged.
Mr Kinsella vacated the guilty plea and told Mr Sealey to "case conference” the charge with police.
"You have indicated you disagree with the police facts. I can't take your guilty plea right now,” Mr Kinsella said.
Mr Sealey was told to reappear in court with a plea decision on July 29.