Tradie is fined for abusing two cyclists who turned out to be off-duty POLICE ...

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The tradie who filmed himself shouting abuse at two off-duty police officers who were riding on the road instead of a purpose-built cycle lane has been fined $1,250.  

Thomas Harris, 27, recorded himself using a bike lane to overtake the cyclists in his Toytota HiLux while simultaneously shouting profanities.  

He later posted a video of the incident, which happened on Australia Day, to social media where it was viewed more than three million times.

Unfortunately for Mr Harris, who works as a boiler maker, the two cyclists were police officers and he was arrested and charged over the incident .

On Tuesday Mr Harris appeared before Kiama Local Court, south of Wollongong where he pleaded guilty to using his phone while driving, offensive language and driving on the path.

He had previously tried to argue his sister had recorded the footage but he later admitted that this was not true. 

Tradesman Thomas Harris (pictured right), 27, was slapped with a $1,250 fine for his 'total stupidity' at Kiama Local Court, south of Wollongong, on Tuesday

Tradesman Thomas Harris (pictured right), 27, was slapped with a $1,250 fine for his 'total stupidity' at Kiama Local Court, south of Wollongong, on Tuesday

Magistrate Michael Stoddart said Harris' behaviour was 'total stupidity' and 'extremely dangerous', according to The Illawara Mercury.  

'Nothing to be proud of, is it?,' he asked Harris.

'No, your honour,' Harris replied. 

Harris was forced to complete the Traffic Offenders Program to 'develop positive attitudes towards driving and safer driving behaviours' in April. 

He said the program 'made me realise, not everything is about me'.

'There is no rush to get anywhere and to be more patient,' he said.

The Jamberoo bike path drew the ire of locals when it was first constructed in 2014, with angry farmers saying it was 'second rate' and 'shortsighted'.

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