Drunk driver found guilty

Narrogin Observer - - News -

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.

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