Man jailed for hor­ror car crash

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - CHLOE LYONS chloe.lyons@sc­news.com.au

DE­SPITE be­ing ab­so­lutely dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing, a man was given his li­cence back and went on to wreak havoc on Coast roads, caus­ing a four-car crash which left a woman in in­ten­sive care for weeks.

Dal­las John Devine, 49, was dis­qual­i­fied ab­so­lutely in 1991, but given his li­cence back seven years later.

Since then, he’s com­mit­ted a long list of driv­ing of­fences in­clud­ing dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle while in­tox­i­cated and nine speed­ing of­fences.

On May 17, 2017 he caused a four-ve­hi­cle crash on the David Low Way while af­fected by am­phet­a­mine, metham­phetamine, di­azepam and nor­diazepam.

He pleaded guilty in Ma­roochy­dore Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day to dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm while in­tox­i­cated.

The court heard Devine crashed into the back of a car be­ing driven by Carla Nicole Too­nen, 37, with a 17-year-old girl in the pas­sen­ger seat.

The force of the im­pact caused her car to veer left, then spin when she tried to cor­rect to the right.

As Ms Too­nen’s car con­tin­ued to spin, she crashed into two other cars trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

Among her in­juries were bleed­ing to the mem­brane around her brain, bruis­ing to her brain, a liver lac­er­a­tion and a frac­tured pelvis, pu­bic bone and fibu­lar.

Ms Too­nen spent two weeks in Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit and a fur­ther three weeks in a gen­eral ward to re­cover from the crash.

When po­lice ar­rived at the crash scene, Devine asked of­fi­cers if he could get some CDs out of his car and was un­able to tell them what hap­pened due to his level of in­tox­i­ca­tion.

He was granted bail, but has been in cus­tody since De­cem­ber 8, 2017.

Judge Glen Cash sen­tenced Devine to five years’ im­pris­on­ment with pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity on Au­gust 6, 2019.

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