Gavel used in court. Photo contributed.
Gavel used in court. Photo contributed. Contributed

Drunken tractor ride turns near miss and $1500 fine

TAKING a girl on a tractor ride to watch the sunset did not go as planned for 19-year-old Karl Lindsay Altmann.

Altmann faced Proserpine Magistrate's Court on Monday charged with mid-range drink driving and dangerous operation of a vehicle while intoxicated.

The incident occurred around 5.17am on May 28 in Proserpine when police were called to the scene to find the tractor had crashed into a fire hydrant, with Altmann and a female passenger in the vehicle.

The girl was thrown from the tractor on impact but did not suffer any injuries.

The incident happened on a sugarcane farm in darkness after Altmann said he was driving it sideways on a dirt track before hitting the hydrant.

The headlights were not on, and Altmann and his passenger weren't wearing any seatbelts but the area was said to be well lit, the court was told.

Altmann blew 0.128.

He told police he'd had between five and seven stubbies of beer, making full admissions at the scene and displaying remorse.

On receiving several character references Magistrate Simon Young said it was "clearly a serious mistake on your behalf".

"People around you do seem to expect much better of you," he said.

Mr Young went on to say it was a serious incident with "the capacity to cause serious injury" and called it a "disgraceful display".

Altmann's driver's license was disqualified for six months and he was fined $1500.


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