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11 July, 2021

Speeding sliding driving

A MACKAY driver caught doing burnouts along Sydney Street in the early hours of a morning in April, has lost his licence for five months and been fined $1,003. Matthew John Ronnfeldt’s fines included one for a blood alcohol reading of 0.09%. Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Jay Merchant told the court that at 12:30am on April 13, police observed a black dual-cab utility travelling north on Sydney Street.

By John Bell

A MACKAY driver caught doing burnouts along Sydney Street in the early hours of a morning in April, has lost his licence for five months and been fined $1,003. Matthew John Ronnfeldt’s fines included one for a blood alcohol reading of 0.09%. Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Jay Merchant told the court that at 12:30am on April 13, police observed a black dual-cab utility travelling north on Sydney Street.

The prosecutor said the driver of the black utility accelerated, did a hard swerve and spun the rear wheels, sliding the car sideways to the left, with the driver   continuing to accelerate hard with the rear wheels still spinning. “This caused the rear of the vehicle to slide to the right and the vehicle did a 180-degree turn,” Sgt Merchant said.

In challenging Matthew Ronnfeldt’s sworn defence statement, Magistrate Athol Kennedy said: “‘your statement claims that you didn’t drive to the conditions of the road’. “But you didn’t do that! How silly do you think I am?” Magistrate Kennedy said. “It’s not driving without due care, it’s driving deliberately in the way that you did and swerving your vehicle down the road.

 “Then, as Magistrate Kennedy read out Matthew Ronnfeldt’s prior driving offence history, added: “Speeding, speeding, speeding, drink driving, speeding, driving without a seat belt. “Are you sure you learn? “Oh, you’ve learned this time, why, what’s changed, what’s different, why?” Ronnfeldt replied that his attitude had changed because of his job. To which Magistrate Kennedy added: “That’s the difference, the fact is that your driving is below par isn’t it? “Isn’t that true?” he said.“

I can fine you and disqualify you for driving like this. “Your driving is not up to scratch and you now claim that it is. It had better be! “You might think I’m being a bit hard on that, but the fact of the matter is that if someone had been there, they’d be dead, or run over.

 “In relation to the drink driving charge, you are disqualified for five-months and fined $1,003 on both charges.” Police did not oppose a restricted licence application and Magistrate Kennedy granted a work licence so Ronnfeldt did not lose his job.


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