Owner of dangerously driven vehicle caught on dash cam is fined, loses licence

The dash cam footage shows the dark SUV just missing the lighter-coloured vehicle ahead after overtaking.

The dash cam footage shows the dark SUV just missing the lighter-coloured vehicle ahead after overtaking.

The owner of a vehicle caught on dashcam being driven dangerously on the Princes Highway north of Bodalla in August last year pleaded guilty in Narooma Local Court this week to a charge of not identifying who was driving at the time.

Mark Peter Raskow, 30, of Kianga, was convicted of being responsible for a vehicle, but not disclosing its driver’s details. He received a fine of $1000 and his licence was disqualified for 12 months.

Court papers revealed a dashcam captured a vehicle at Turlinjah overtaking at high speed, causing an oncoming vehicle to evade it by moving onto the wrong side of the road.

A witness stated the overtaking vehicle continued north on the wrong side of the road, causing two additional vehicles to take evasive action.

Narooma police had the dashcam footage analysed, identifying the black Holden Captiva as being registered to Mr Raskow.

Police then attended his address to ascertain who was driving at the time.

According to court papers, Mr Raskow told police: “Well that would be the car with that registration. I don’t know. I have been here two weeks, three tops. As far as I am aware, that car has not moved.”

The matter was initially heard in Narooma Local Court in November but was adjourned after it was revealed Mr Raskow had mental health issues and was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

The magistrate adjourned the case to allow him to receive treatment, postponing the case to this month, when he pleaded guilty.

Mr Raskow has now lodged a severity appeal against the conviction, which will be heard in Bega District Court on May 1.

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