Driver without licence fined for hitting council truck
ZAINE Te Moana Greening has never held a drivers licence but it didn't stop him from getting behind the wheel of his Mazda for a drive with Gladstone mates.
All was going well until Greening got an attack of the guilts, panicked when he saw a police car and, in his hurry, slammed into the side of a passing council truck.
Police prosecutor Sen Const Sam Pyke told Gladstone Magistrates Court that Greening was at the stop sign on the Derby St intersection when he pulled out and struck the side of a truck.
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Debris was left scattered along the road.
The officers witnessed the crash at 11.40am and saw Greening leave the scene. They found him with his damaged Mazda stopped in nearby Buller St.
"He says he approached the stop sign, saw the police and got nervous as he did not have a licence, and never saw the truck coming," Sen Const Pyke said.
Greening, 27, a milkman, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in Ann St on May 12, failing to stop and give particulars to a driver involved in a crash, and being a driver who had never held a licence.
Duty lawyer Jun Pepito confirmed Greening had never held a licence.
"He tried to beat the truck at the intersection but did not have enough time," Mr Pepito said.
When asked by Magistrate Mark Morrow what happened to his car, Greening replied: "My car is gone".
"It was closer than I thought. I didn't have enough time," Greening said.
"So you tried to beat the truck?" queried Mr Morrow.
"Yeh... yes. I freaked out. I left the scene, not to get away but .... I just didn't realise the truck was as close as it was."
Mr Pepito said perhaps if Greening had ever held a licence and knew how to drive, he might not have hit the council truck.
Greening said his job for a dairy group required him to have a licence.
"No, I don't deliver the milk, I take the orders," he said.
Mr Morrow said Greening must first get a licence, and said that by taking on the council truck he had written-off his own vehicle.
Greening was fined $1000 and disqualified for three months.