'Bored' dad did burnouts with daughter in car

BOREDOM was the main reason behind a 32-year-old single father being caught twice doing burnouts in unregistered vehicles in the Toowoomba area.

Police responding to a call of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a car in a paddock beside Lourdes Nursing Home in Spring St, Middle Ridge, about 5am, December 4 last year found Raymond Edward Chapman and his eight-year-old daughter in the car, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Police noted the grass paddock had a number of fresh skid marks and that mud was splattered on his car, prompting Chapman to admit he had been doing "doughnuts" after he became bored and wanted to entertain his daughter, police prosecutor Senior Constable Tim Hutton told the court.

Police checks found the car was unregistered and the driver to be on a learner's permit without L-plates attached and without an open licensed driver with him.

Five weeks later, in the early hours of January 12, police were called to a Helidon park on a report of a vehicle without a bonnet and broken headlights doing doughnuts near the Warrego Hwy.

Chapman had left the park before police arrived, but was spoken to later at his Helidon Spa Caravan Park home where he admitted to being the driver of the defective vehicle.

The self-represented Chapman pleaded guilty to 10 traffic offences arising from the two incidents, telling Magistrate Graham Lee: "I'm just in a bad place at the moment".

He told the court he was a full-time father of an eight-year-old child and that at times he became bored.

Mr Lee fined Chapman a total $1900.


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