Sus­pended jail sen­tence for drug driver af­ter crash

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

A CAR ac­ci­dent caused by a ha­bit­ual metham­phetamine user placed a nurse and mother of young chil­dren in hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries.

Damian John Mor­gan (49) pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm and driv­ing with an il­licit drug in his sys­tem. He was sen­tenced to seven months in prison, sus­pended for 12 months, when he ap­peared in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor told the court Mor­gan was driv­ing a Jeep Chero­kee on Man­durah Road in Meadow Springs on Fe­bru­ary 11 at 6.35am. The vic­tim turned into the in­ter­sec­tion and Mor­gan ran the red light and hit her car.

She was trapped in her car be­fore be­ing taken to Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal with rib frac­tures, a brain con­tu­sion and bruis­ing.

Coun­sel for the ac­cused said her client had been fish­ing all night and had not used metham­phetamine for two days be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

She de­scribed the vic­tim im­pact state­ment as “har­row­ing” and her client did not know why he did not see the red light.

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den said Mor­gan was ob­vi­ously re­morse­ful.

“It was hard to read (the vic­tim im­pact state­ment) as a per­son not in­volved. But as the per­son who caused that, it must have an im­pact on you,” she said.

Ms Long­den said the vic­tim could not drive, could not work and strug­gled to look af­ter her chil­dren.

“You had been up all night; you might have been able to do that be­cause of the metham­phetamine in your sys­tem,” she said.

Mor­gan ad­dressed the court fol­low­ing sen­tenc­ing.

“Meth has ru­ined my life, your hon­our,” he said.

“This is a turn­ing point.”

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