Assault and Driving Charges – Fine, Licence Cancelled, Assault Charges Withdrawn
Our client was driving and pulled up at lights. There were two cyclists side by side who were taking up the lane. Our client tooted at them to indicate that they should be one deep so that he could drive past. There were some disputes about what the gesticulation was by the cyclist who turned around. Lights changed and they set off. Our client tried to merge to the right and clipped one of the cyclists and, in the process, ran over his foot. The cyclist suffered significant injury and loss of work time.
The Police charged our client with reckless endangerment, having foreseen that his conduct might create an appreciable risk. He was also charged with a number of causing injury charges which are assault charges involving the client having been aware of the probable consequences of what he did.
Overall, our client faced the following charges:
- Reckless Driving Conduct Placing Person in Danger of Serious Injury
- Dangerous Driving
- Recklessly Cause Injury
- Reckless Conduct Endangering Serious Injury
- Careless Driving
- Fail to Leave Sufficient Distance Behind a Vehicle
Bill Doogue represented our client at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court.
The Police agreed to withdraw 5 charges and proceed with the drive in a manner dangerous by itself. A plea was entered to this charge and our client understood that he had to lose his licence. This was cancelled for 6 months and he was also fined $1000 to be paid until a later date.
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