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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Craig Thomson goes from one drama to another
Craig Thomson drives along the F3 while talking on his phone
BELEAGURED MP Craig Thomson had a lot going on yesterday - so much so he failed to obey basic traffic laws.
The Daily Telegraph observed Mr Thomson using his handheld mobile phone while driving, as well as running a red light on two separate occasions.
The former Labor MP's morning began in a frenzy when he quickly drove out of the garage of his Bateau Bay home, about 7.40am, and narrowly missed running down a TV cameraman.
Driving his wife's silver-coloured Mazda 2 hatch, a flustered-looking Mr Thomson then headed straight to his Tuggerah electoral office where he picked up a male passenger who was waiting in the carpark.
The pair then headed to Sydney, Mr Thomson in the driver's seat.
While on the F3 he was observed on numerous occasions holding his mobile phone to his right ear while driving.
He was also observed changing lanes without indicating several times during the trip, while keeping the phone to his ear.
The Daily Telegraph was behind Mr Thomson at Wahroonga when he turned left on to the Pacific Highway, through a red light.
He ran a second red light about 20 minutes later as he turned left into Berry St at North Sydney.
When The Daily Telegraph, which obeyed the road rules throughout, approached Mr Thomson's car when he pulled over at Artarmon to ask him why he was using a handheld phone while driving, he refused to respond.
Driving while using a mobile phone can result in a $298 fine while running a red light is $397.
Mr Thomson's lawyer Craig McArdle originally said he was not aware of any driving offences by his client and said any proof should be taken to the police.
Mr McArdle later told The Telegraph his client had made a report to the Australian Federal Police about the matter.
Mr McArdle earlier hit out at prison guard "goons" who he said forced Mr Thomson to strip after his arrest on Thursday.
Mr McArdle then threatened to sue Premier Barry O'Farrell unless he apologised for saying that "this whole situation arose because Mr Thomson allegedly was too keen to get his kit off in front of strangers".
Mr McArdle said the comment was "immature".
"We've given him 24 hours to apologise," he said.
"We won't be suing him on Monday ... but he will certainly be hearing from us."