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