Leah Fineran | 01:24pm September 19, 2012
AN 82-year-old great-grandmother has been banned from driving for one month and could be permanently taken off the road after clipping a police officer at a roadside speed trap.
Ailsa May Locke, of Helensvale, was caught speeding at 74km/h in a 60km zone on Oxley Drive in Coombabah on April 19.
When waived down by police in fluoro vests, she accelerated and her right side mirror hit a police officer’s hand, causing swelling and damaging his wedding ring.
She sped off and was intercepted 800m later by a highway patrol car.
But when pulled over she blamed police for being in the roadway.
She later said she thought the police were a road workers or “hooligans”.
Today Locke pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, speeding, failing to stop and failing to remain at the scene of an accident and rendering assistance.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Powell asked for a $200 speeding fine, a lengthy disqualification and for Queensland Transport to review her driving privileges.
Lawyer Bill Potts said Locke, a widower, had been driving home at 8pm from her charity telemarketing job where she worked six days a week to support herself.
He said she should not be branded Australia’s oldest hoon and had only one previous speeding ticket in her 61-year driving history.
“It was an aberration and shouldn’t happen again,” he said.
He said she should not be penalised for being an older driver and it should be left to Queensland Transport to review her licence.
Magistrate Brian Kilmartin fined her $1000 and ordered her off the road for a month from today.