Jesse Barry James Prouse stopped trains on Christmas Day because he was
Jesse Barry James Prouse stopped trains on Christmas Day because he was "exercising" on the track.

Man ‘exercising’ on railway track stops Christmas trains

A MAN who caused Coast trains to stop in their tracks on Christmas Day says he was exercising on the railway.

Police were called to Beerburrum just before 7pm to reports a man dressed in black clothes was walking along the tracks.

It was 27-year-old Jesse Barry James Prouse.

Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer told a court that a train on special duty had to stop on the track.

“The train driver witnessed the male described as wearing a black jumper, long black pants and he was walking along the tracks,” Senior Constable Brewer said.

“The person moved off the tracks and into a grass area on the corridor.

“The special train was then able to continue south after a notification temporarily stopping all trains in the area due to the defendant.”

Prouse was still walking on the tracks when police arrived.

They asked him several times to get out of the train corridor.

Prouse was arrested and taken to the police station.

At Caloundra Magistrates Court today he pleaded guilty to interfering with a railway.

Duty lawyer Josh Bradbury said Prouse was exercising on the railway.

“He instructs that this is entirely unordinary to be doing so,” Mr Bradbury said.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Prouse caused interruptions to the train timetable.

Prouse was fined $300 and the conviction was not recorded.