Joshua Liam Slater pleaded guilty to street racing.
Joshua Liam Slater pleaded guilty to street racing.

Street racer in court after Gladstone drag

A street racer who versed his mate on a main Gladstone thoroughfare, appeared in court on Monday.

Joshua Liam Slater, 28, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to racing between vehicles or animals on a road.

Police prosecutor Merrilyn Hoskins read the facts to the court and Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow.

On December 17, at 11pm, at West Gladstone, Slater was observed by police engaging in a street race in his blue commodore sedan against a motorcycle on Park St.

Police intercepted both racers further up the road on the Dawson Hwy and identified the commodore driver as Slater.

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A court heard Slater told police that he and his mate had been wanting to race for a while and, as the street was quiet, they decided to race then.

Slater was issued a notice to appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

Ms Hoskins said the defendant had no criminal history and a one-page traffic history.

“There was no unsafe manner of driving other than the fact they were racing,” she said.

“He was co-operative with police and made full admissions on the night of his offending.”

Acting Magistrate Morrow fined Slater $650 and disqualified him from driving for six months.

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