Argument leads to Pt Danger plunge

AFTER arguing with his ex-girlfriend a man drove off Point Danger, landing nose first in the car park below. Facing Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday John Yates, 29, of Honey Myrtle Drive, Banora Point, pleaded guilty to high range PCA in July. Police told the court that at about 8.15pm on Saturday %July 14, Yates, after arguing with his ex-girlfriend, drove to the New South Wales side of Point Danger and mounted the gutter at a speed in excess of 100 kilometres an hour. As he sped towards the cliff edge he narrowly missed a group of youths who were sitting on the grass watching%fireworks. The car hurtled forward and became airborne as it took off from the cliff before heading down to the car park where the car landed nose first. The front of the car %absorbed the impact and the airbag deployed as the car rolled and flipped end over end, finally stopping some distance from the point of% impact. Yates suffered fractured ribs, a dislocated pelvis and cuts to the face and scalp. Police said it appeared the victim had argued with his ex-girlfriend and had sent her a text message just prior to driving off the cliff. "It appeared from the contents of the phone that Yates had made a spur-of-the-%moment decision to end his life," police told the court. It was only by chance that he missed the group of youths on the grass, which he told police he had not seen. Magistrate Jeff Linden said the incident was concerning and Yates had certainly %injured himself "which was the consequence of driving off a cliff". "But it is a public safety issue and serious," Mr Linden said. Yates was convicted, a fingerprint and photo order was made, he was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond, disqualified from driving for three years and the Interlock program was recommended.



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