A Colac district man whose driving “caused mayhem” endangering lives on the Princes Highway will appeal a seven-month jail sentence.
The offender pleaded guilty to four driving offences and guilty to a stalking charge over incidents with his daughter who was “highly distressed” by her father’s threats to kill her horse and himself.
The man, who faced Colac Magistrate’s Court on Monday, is on bail until his appeal at Geelong County Court.
Prosector David Vanderpol said the accused, who was disqualified from driving, had gone fishing with his partner and two brothers on February 26 and returned to his brother’s home west of Colac but was “unhappy with the trip ending early” and he got in a car and drove off on his own.
Leading Senior Constable Vanderpol said the offender drove erratically, travelling east on the Princes Highway from Pomborneit towards Colac, swerving across both lanes of traffic on the highway, with witnesses saying he was also throwing bottles from the vehicle.
Witnesses reported he had passed them and “cut them off” while oncoming vehicles had to swerve to avoid hitting the man’s vehicle.
Sen Const Vanderpol said the man then pulled on the vehicle’s hand-brake near the Corangamite Lake Road intersection, causing smoke to billow from the car, before losing control of the vehicle, crossing lanes and coming to rest in Corangamite Lake Road.
The man got out of his vehicle and walked onto the highway, stepping into the path of a truck but the truck swerved to avoid hitting the man.
A witness who had pulled over to avoid hitting the man’s vehicle, had a dashboard camera which recorded the near-miss on Corangamite Lake Road and the man walking in front of the truck.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.