Main charge thrown out
PETE MARTINELLI drugs, but we don’t know.” He said a police expert could not make a full determination about “the issue of drugs or alcohol”.
“Where is the evidence ... beyond a reasonable doubt that he was driving dangerously?”
Police alleged Mr Hannan, then a P-plater, did not drive with due care and lied about being the driver.
But Mr Spencer said the evidence relating to the vehicle’s speed “is so slim”.
The court heard expert evidence that “suggests the accident was caused by excessive steering and throttle input”.
“He may have bumped over a rock,” Mr Spencer said.
Mr Hannan did plead guilty to the summary charges of driving without due care and attention and driving with drugs in his system.
He will be sentenced in Cairns Magistrates Court next month and was released on bail.
MANGLED WRECK: Acting Sergeant Damien Tongue inspects the scene of the crash.
DOUBTS: Charges against James Hannan were dismissed.