Jail time for disqualified driver who fled accident

A Cowra disqualified driver has been sent to jail for nine months with a non-parole period of six months after reversing into a vehicle and not giving his details. 

Glenn Francis Moodie, 54, was convicted at Cowra Local Court on May 9 on charges of driving during a disqualification period (second offence), not giving particulars to another driver involved in a crash and not reversing safely.

Moodie, who appeared in custody for separate charges, was also fined $800 and disqualified from driving for 12 months. 

Police say that Moodie, while reversing a black Holden Commodore, turned and collided with the tow ball of another reversing vehicle in a car park on Cowra’s Railway Lane about 6.30pm on February 14, 2018.

He refused to exchange details before driving away from the scene.

Following investigations, police attended Moodie’s residence on Brisbane Street, however he refused to answer the door.

In relation to driving away from the scene, solicitor Clive Hill told Magistrate Michael O’Brien that his client thought “removing himself from the situation was the best course of action” and that his client’s “major problem is his drug dependence”.

“He admits leaving the scene. He doesn’t wish to waste the court’s time, he’s pleaded guilty at this early opportunity,” Mr Hill said.

“His major problem is his drug dependence which has been going on for years and years.”

Documents tendered at court show that Moodie was disqualified from driving for six months at Bathurst Local Court on October 23, 2017 for driving with illicit drugs in his system.

  • Fine for truck driver

A Bathurst truck driver who was carrying pipes protruding over the left and right sides of his heavy vehicle has been fined $250.

Geoff Haddon, 46, of Bant Street was convicted at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, May 9 on a charge of failing to comply with dimension requirements while carrying pipes from Shanes Park to Bylong.

Documents tendered at court reveal Haddon was stopped at the heavy vehicle safety station at Bell about 10.15am on Wednesday, March 7.

Measurements showed that the pipes were projecting 60mm on both sides of the truck.

He wasn’t displaying oversize signs or delineator flags.

The court also ordered Haddon to enter a good behaviour bond.