‘Fatal consequences’: Injune father sentenced for dangerous driving
AN INJUNE father was warned about the potential fatal consequences his actions could have had on his son when he faced court for doing a 75 metres wheelie on his motobike with his child on the front.
The Roma Magistrates Court heard on September 29, Stephen Patrick Conroy drove his green motocross motorcycle with his son sitting on the front at 3.25pm on July 9.
Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff said as the defendant drove, he increased speed rapidly.
“The motorcycle drove for 75 metres on the rear wheel before it slowed down and the front feel made contact with the road again,” she said.
“The child was sitting on the seat during that time.
“There is a daycare situated on the same street that he was riding on and parents were collecting kids at the time.”
Later that month, on August 15 Injune police attended to Conroy’s home in relation to this matter.
When officers were speaking to him, he said he owned a green Motocross but recently sold it.
He told police he was the rider at the time of the incident and couldn’t provide any lawful reason to be operating the motorcycle in that way.
Conroy pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle and had nothing to say in court for his actions.
Magistrate Peter Saggers said, “what seems like harmless fun, when you stand back at look at it, it can have fatal and devastating consequences”.
Conroy was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for six months.
The conviction was not recorded.