NEWS High-price cop car crash Dopey driver has to pay $47,000 to NT Po­lice

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - CRAIG DUN­LOP Court Re­porter

A DOPE who crashed into a sta­tion­ary po­lice car with cannabis in his blood­stream has been or­dered to pay more than $47,000 in com­pen­sa­tion to NT Po­lice.

Josif Krog has pleaded guilty in the Dar­win Lo­cal Court to driv­ing with­out due care and driv­ing with a drug in his blood. Krog, an out of work ex­ca­va­tor op­er­a­tor, told the court he crashed into the po­lice car while not pay­ing at­ten­tion to the road as he wiped con­den­sa­tion off his wind­screen while driv­ing along Van­der­lin Drive at Ber­rimah in April.

Krog was self-rep­re­sented in court where he wore a moon boot on the leg he broke in the crash.

“In the main, I was just go­ing for a morn­ing drive,” he said.

“I didn’t see, I was just try­ing to wipe con­den­sa­tion off.

“I wasn’t speed­ing, I wasn’t smok­ing a cig­a­rette.

“It was just an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent … I took my eyes off the road for a split sec­ond.”

Krog said he had long had a drug prob­lem.

He said he was aware po­lice were seek­ing resti­tu­tion for the car, and that he was happy to start pay­ing the money back.

“I want to apol­o­gise for what’s hap­pened, there’s no words for ex­press­ing how sorry I am.”

Judge Greg Mac­don­ald said it would take a “con­sid­er­able amount of time” to pay off the bill to po­lice.

“The re­al­ity is that you have pleaded guilty to driv­ing with a pro­hib­ited drug in your sys- tem. It is very dan­ger­ous for peo­ple to be driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs.

“The un­for­tu­nate re­al­ity is that I’ll be in­fer­ring that the ac­ci­dent which has oc­curred was con­trib­uted to by the fact that you had THC in your sys­tem.”

Mr Mac­don­ald or­dered Krog pay $47,536 in resti­tu­tion to po­lice, on top of $700 in fines and levies and a 12-month li­cence dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

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