A Broome man who tried to drive over guests at a gathering on his property and rammed a waiting taxi with his four-wheel-drive has been fined $3000 and had his licence suspended. Rory Pearsall, 59, appeared in Broome Magistrates Court on October 4, after pleading guilty to criminal damage, destruction of property and endangering the life, health and safety of a person. The court was told on July 9 about 6.40pm, a gathering took place at Pearsall’s property in Djugun, with a taxi called to the location as guests wanted to continue their night out in the town centre. The taxi travelled 200m down a dirt track to reach the pick-up location and as it pulled up, Pearsall was seen having an altercation with two women, which was believed to be about the taxi being called. While the taxi was waiting, Pearsall got into his four-wheel-drive ute and accelerated towards his guests as they tried to get in the taxi, causing them to leap out of the way. The court was told Pearsall then reversed and rammed the rear quarter of the taxi twice, causing more than $8000 worth of damage. The taxi driver fled the scene and called police, with Pearsall arrested the next morning. The defence told the court Pearsall had asked the taxi to leave, as he wanted to drive his guests into town, but the taxi driver would not move off his property. Magistrate Stephen Sharratt was less than impressed with Pearsall’s attempt to move the taxi along. “That is not how you move something,” he said. “You know when you do that you’re going to cause damage.” Pearsall was fined $3000 and ordered to pay compensation for the damage. He was issued a nine-month driving suspension, to add to a pre-existing life disqualification for previous convictions of driving under the influence.