Hoon disqualified for 188km/h

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Albany Justice Complex.
Camera IconAlbany Justice Complex. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A 35-year-old man has had his driver’s licence stripped for six months after pleading guilty to recklessly speeding at nearly 80km/h over the limit.

Denver Warrick Swainston pleaded guilty in Albany Magistrate’s Court last Thursday to reckless driving after a speed camera clocked him driving at 188km/h in a 110km/h zone on the South Coast Highway through Marbelup in April.

Swainston’s defence counsel said he was driving at close to 200km/h in an attempt to retrieve his lost wallet, which contained $2000 in cash.

Magistrate Raelene Johnston said that was no justification.

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“You may have been worried about your wallet,” she said.

“You should have been worried about your life and the life of other road users.”

The former Wagin resident also faced a charge for providing false or misleading details to police.

He changed his plea to that charge several times.

Initially, he represented himself, pleading guilty to both charges, before stepping down to seek legal advice.

Returning with a defence counsel, the court was told he did not recall the incident which led to the false or misleading details charge.

Police prosecutors said Swainston provided the wrong address during the random breath test stop in Mt Barker.

Swainston’s defence counsel said he was working and living in Wagin at the time, leading to confusion about which address he was required to provide to police.

He eventually accepted the charge.

Swainston was also fined $1400 and ordered to pay $225 in court costs.

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