IT WAS the dead of night and security provider David McNamara was alone heading south on the Bruce Highway with a valuable cargo of gold bullion, when suddenly he was hit by blinding lights from behind.
Fearing for his life, Mr McNamara hit the accelerator and was caught on a speed camera doing 142km/h.
Mr McNamara’s dramatic tale of “an extraordinary sequence of events” on that night in May 2011 convinced a Gladstone magistrate last year that he should be spared a $933 fine.
But it was not enough for him to escape a conviction being recorded, which triggered a six-month disqualification of his driver’s licence. He then appealed.
Mr McNamara said he was carrying 90 ounces of gold bullion, valued at $126,000, from Townsville to the Gold Coast one night in May 2011, when he encountered “a life-threatening situation”.