A Canberra motorist facing possible jail time for swerving his car at two lane-filtering motorcyclists has got off with a relative slap on the wrist.
The driver, Jake Searle, 28, had been charged with to counts of driving with intent to menace and faced maximum penalties of more than $3000 in fines or 12 months in jail or both for each of these charges.
However, the charges were downgraded as he was a first offender. Searle was released on a one-year good behaviour order and disqualified from driving for three months.
ACT Police were made aware of this video a day later and began investigating.
A second video later emerged showing the same driver swerving at another rider.
ACT Police made several calls for help to identify the two riders so a charge could be laid.
At the time, ACT Police issued these details of the incident:
About 4:30pm, the riders were separately travelling northbound on Majura Parkway, Majura, when a green Ford Falcon swerved, almost colliding with the riders. At the time, the riders were lawfully lane filtering.
“There appears to be little distinction between the quality of actions of this driver and those of the driver who killed pedestrians in Melbourne, although a difference in the scale or degree,” the AMC says.
ACT rider Bill Gemmell says the result “doesn’t make me feel safer because the place has an epidemic of bad driving”.