Drunk driver found guilty
A WA farm worker has been found guilty of killing his employer by crashing into a tree while heavily drunk and speeding.
Robert Lindsay Hooper, 43, died in the early hours of December 4, 2015, after the ute he was travelling in left the road in Ongerup, 410km southeast of Perth, and smashed into a tree, ripping off the passenger side of the vehicle and throwing him from the car.
Rodney Palmer Spencer, 54, went on trial in the District Court of WA last week, charged with dangerous driving causing death.
The court heard the pair had been celebrating the end of harvest at the local pub since the late afternoon on the day before the crash.
No one saw them get into the ute when they left.
Spencer suffered relatively minor injuries, was able to climb out of the vehicle, and was later found to have had a blood alcohol level of 0.172.
He claimed he wasn’t behind the wheel and his lawyer said forensic evidence indicated his client was in the back seat.
But the jury found Spencer guilty and he will be sentenced tomorrow.