Main charge thrown out

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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.

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