Driver claimed car was stolen after crashing it

A MAN who told police his car had been stolen, before admitting to them he had crashed it has been fined.

Mark Ross Hegarty, 23, yesterday pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention and failing to comply with the duties of a driver in a crash.

The court heard on August 3 Hegarty was driving home from a 10-hour shift at his work as a carpenter when he lost control of his car and crashed it in Redbank Plains.

Following the crash he walked from the scene to his home and went to sleep.

The next morning he phoned police and told them his car had been stolen.

On August 5 he went to the police station and told them the car was not stolen and he had crashed it.

His lawyer told the court he had told police the car had been stolen as he had been "extremely panicked at the time".

The court was told Hegarty may have been tired following the long shift at work and crashed the car as a result.

Hegarty was fined $800.



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