Epilepsy factor in reckless driving, court hears
|16/01/2019||Posted by admin under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校||
A MAN’Sdefence lawyer has told a court that his client’s epilepsy was a factor in his reckless driving, when he reached speeds of up to 148 km/h.
Longford manMatthew John Osborne, 23, pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court today to 13 offences across three complaints, most of which were driving charges.
Osborne’s offences included two counts of speeding, two counts of overtaking tothe left of another vehicle,reckless driving and having evaded police.
Police prosecutor Konrad Plachta told the court that on August 9 last year, police saw a carspeeding on the Midland Highway at Kings Meadows, south of the connector.
Mr Plachta said that a laser device detected the vehiclespeeding at 148 km/h in a 110 km/h zone, for a distance of more than 278 metres.
After the carfailed to stopfor police, officers later estimated itwas speeding at 135 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the Midland Highway, the prosecutor said.
Mr Plachta said police continued to follow the driver,whosereckless driving includedmountinga traffic island andovertaking other vehicles on the left.
Police lost sight of the car and found it abandoned atPerth.
Mr Plachta said Osborne, withhis father, attended apolice station on August 12, 2014, and Osborne did not deny driving.
Defence solicitor Grant Tucker told the court that his client was “very unpopular at home”, because the car, which was impounded for three months at a cost of $600, belonged to Osborne’s father who had allowed Osborne to drive it.
Mr Tucker said Osbornehadan epilepticepisode in June 2014and doctors had warned him about the effect of adrenalin in his system.
He said that when police caught Osborne, “with adrenalin coursing through his system, hepanickedand just kept ongoing”.
Magistrate Sharon Cure said Osborne’sconduct wasdangerous.
Ms Curedisqualified him from driving for three monthsand adjourned sentencing to March 19.
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