Braydon William Peacock, 18, narrowly avoided a collision with a police car when he failed to give way at a narrow bridge in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Braydon William Peacock, 18, narrowly avoided a collision with a police car when he failed to give way at a narrow bridge in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

P-plater's 'catastrophically' close call with cops

A PROVISIONAL driver who "blindly followed" a truck through a give way sign and across a narrow bridge miraculously avoided a "catastrophic" crash with police.

Braydon William Peacock, 18, had been camping with friends at Charlie Moreland near Kenilworth when a storm forced them to pack up and leave a day early on Saturday, November 17.

The teenager had been drinking, but had stopped about three hours before he got behind the wheel of his ute at 6pm.

Peacock pleaded guilty in the Caloundra Magistrates Court on Tuesday to failing to give way at a sign at a bridge.

Police prosecutor Stephen Potter told the court police were travelling along Maleny-Kenilworth Rd, Conondale, about 7pm when they entered the narrow, single-lane Sandy Creek Bridge.

The police vehicle had right of way, but came to an immediate stop to avoid a crash when a truck followed by Peacock in his four-wheel-drive sped past after running the give way sign.

A roadside breath test returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.21BAC, but given Peacock held a P2 licence he was required to have a zero reading.

Magistrate Stephanie Tonkin told Peacock he was a "graduated learner" who "blindly" followed another driver, and showed a complete disregard for the traffic conditions.

"It's a miracle rather than good management that a disastrous accident didn't occur, it sounds like it was a near miss," she said.

The court heard the second-year apprentice turner and fitter had little history, which Ms Tonkin said she would expect of someone so young.

Convictions were recorded and Peacock was fined $350 for drink driving, $391 for failing to give way, and disqualified from holding a licence for the mandatory three month minimum for his offence.



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