Driver, 24, slams into pole, flees the scene

Mo­torist found 7km from site

The Observer - - NEWS - SARAH BARNHAM [email protected]­sto­neob­server.com.au

A MO­TORIST who ploughed into a power pole and fled the scene of the crash has been fined more than $1000.

Che Wil­liam Rus­sell pleaded guilty in Glad­stone Mag­is­trates Court to one count of driv­ing over the gen­eral al­co­hol limit; driv­ing without due care and at­ten­tion; and fail­ure to com­ply with the du­ties of a driver in­volved in a crash and give re­quired par­tic­u­lars.

On De­cem­ber 17 Rus­sell was driv­ing along Roe St at Miriam Vale when his car went off the road, smashed into a power pole and “snapped it in half ”.

The court heard the crash spread live wires across the road.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Balan Sel­vadu­rai said Rus­sell drove away from the scene without re­port­ing the in­ci­dent.

The court heard po­lice of­fi­cers con­ducted pa­trols in the area and found Rus­sell 7km south of the crash.

Rus­sell told of­fi­cers he was “feel­ing sleepy” and re­turned a

‘‘ YOU ARE LUCKY YOU AREN’T ONE OF THOSE STA­TIS­TICS WE READ ABOUT ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE COURIER MAIL. MAG­IS­TRATE BRIAN KUCKS

blood al­co­hol con­tent of .088 per cent.

De­fence lawyer Rio Ramos said the loss of li­cence would af­fect the 24-year-old’s em­ploy­ment as a steel fixer.

She handed the mag­is­trate a writ­ten apol­ogy to the courts, signed by Rus­sell.

Mag­is­trate Brian Kucks said the of­fend­ing was se­ri­ous.

“You are lucky you aren’t one of those sta­tis­tics we read about on the front page of the Courier Mail,” he said.

“And you’re go­ing to find out very shortly how much it costs to fix a power pole.”

Mr Kucks recorded a con­vic­tion and fined Rus­sell $1100.

Rus­sell was dis­qual­i­fied from hav­ing a driver’s li­cence for three months.

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