Young man cops it over drag race

A 17-YEAR-OLD was lucky to keep his driver's licence after a drag racing incident that also involved his younger brother.

But Zacc Anthonie Robert Chapman received a stern warning from Magistrate Simon Young in the Proserpine Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Chapman was originally facing the court on a dangerous operation of a vehicle charge but it was downgraded to driving without due care.

The court heard he was caught street racing on June 10, at around 11.30pm on Proserpine's Main St.

Police initially saw two vehicles driving slowly side by side near the BP service station.

Chapman, in a Toyota Hilux, then attempted to overtake the other vehicle but it sped up to match his speed and he approached the roundabout on the wrong side of the road.

At this stage they were reported to be doing around 60km/h in a 40 zone.

When he was pulled over police also found his younger brother in the car.

Police prosecutor Kevin Carmont said when police asked Chapman if he was street racing he said he "definitely was not".

Magistrate Simon Young didn't mince his words.

"It's exactly this type of behaviour while on your P plates that disgusts other drivers," he said.

"It's a disgrace.

"It suggests you don't fully appreciate the privilege of having a licence.

Duty lawyer Cleo Rewald said Chapman had finished work and went to help his grandma before heading to the BP for dinner with his brother.

It was on the way home when the incident occurred.

Mr Young got fired up when Ms Rewald described the incident as a timely lesson.

"It is not a timely lesson. It is an offence," he said.

"He put his brother and others in danger."

In sentencing, Mr Young said there would be no more chances.

"It is not for no reason that the insurance costs for young male drivers are ridiculously high (and) it is not for no reason that mortality rates for young male drivers are higher than any other demographic," he said.

"This isn't a chance you get.

"This is the first mistake you make, it better be the last."

Chapman was fined $1000 but had no conviction recorded.


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