Coffs man appeals sentence

A COFFS Harbour man ordered to serve jail time over a road rage incident has appealed the decision.

Bradley Jordan Staader, 38, was this week found guilty in the Coffs Harbour Local Court of mid range drink-driving and driving a vehicle in a reckless, furious, dangerous manner.

Magistrate Darryl Pearce sentenced him to serve nine months imprisonment with a non-parole period of six months, while also handing down a lengthy licence disqualification.

The sentence related to an incident on the Pacific Highway on April 16.

Police told the court that about 3.50pm on that Friday, a man was driving north on the highway in a 4WD near Boambee.

He told officers a white Holden Commodore driven by Staader swerved around him and pulled in front near the Sawtell Road intersection.

It was said that Staader then stuck his finger up out the window and when the other driver returned the gesture, began to brake harshly, forcing the 4WD driver to take evasive action to avoid collision.

Staader then gestured to him to pull over but, fearing for his safety, the man kept driving.

Then when he approached North Boambee Road the Commodore driver allegedly tried to force his way between the man’s vehicle and another 4WD towing a boat.

However, the sedan collided with the front nearside bumper of the victim’s vehicle.

Staader then accelerated away and parked on the side of the road requesting that the driver of the 4WD stop.

The man said on another two occasions he was forced to swerve to avoid colliding with the Commodore because of Staader’s erratic driving.

As the vehicles drove through Coffs Harbour, the matter was reported to police.

Officers who pulled Staader over said they smelt alcohol on his breath; he blew 0.120 at the police station.

At the time, he had his wife, two children and his niece in the vehicle.

His appeal will commence in the Coffs Harbour District Court on July 26.

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