News

They begged him to slow down... Now he's in jail

MIRACLE ESCAPE: Two people were badly hurt after Dylan John Hempelman crashed his car after driving at more than twice the speed limit in the middle of Lowood.
MIRACLE ESCAPE: Two people were badly hurt after Dylan John Hempelman crashed his car after driving at more than twice the speed limit in the middle of Lowood. Contributed

AS HE tore through Lowood at more than double the speed limit, Dylan John Hempelman ignored a plea from one of his passengers to slow down.

Driving in excess of 100kmh, Hempelman lost control of his car near the middle of Lowood and crashed into a wooden telephone pole, splitting it in two.

The vehicle ended up on its roof and one of the passengers was left with a broken arm and spinal injuries.

After the crash, Hempelman was overheard proclaiming "It's all my fault".

MORE IPSWICH NEWS ...

Everybody's talking big but no one bites

Banned driver jailed after tenth offence

Hempelman, 26, was sent to jail for six months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving with excessive speed.

Ipswich District Court was told on the night of November 12, 2012, Hempelman was at a Fernvale creek drinking wine with two friends, however it was not alleged he was drunk.

About 1am Hempelman drove them back to Lowood in a Ford Falcon.

As he approached the centre of town he was travelling at speeds up to 120kmh and a woman in the car urged him to slow down.

He attempted to take a left turn and lost control of the car, which struck a telephone pole, snapping it in half. The car rolled onto its roof.

Two people were hurt after Dylan John Hempelman crashed his car after driving more than twice the speed limit in the middle of Lowood Photo: Contributed
Two people were hurt after Dylan John Hempelman crashed his car after driving more than twice the speed limit in the middle of Lowood Photo: Contributed Contributed

The male passenger suffered a fracture to his leg, injuries to his spine and lacerations to his elbow, while the female passenger suffered arm, head and abdominal injuries.

The court heard Hempelman remained friends with the two, who declined to provide victim impact statements to the court. The male passenger was in the court room to support Hempelman.

Crown prosecutor Jessica Goldie told the court Hempelman was "deliberately reckless".

"He was completely indifferent to his passengers," she said.

"He ignored a warning to slow down from a passenger."

WHAT'S HOT ONLINE TODAY

  1. Shark still circling as rescuer pulled victim from water
  2. Newrybar crash victim Richie had been a "bundle of joy"
  3. iPhone 6: $1249 price tag for biggest, best model
  4. Proposed "low impact mines" can now avoid notifying public
  5. They begged him to slow down... Now he's in jail
  6. Mh17 transcript reveals frantic effort to find lost plane
  7. Russia to the West: Get out of our space
  8. Apple unveils long awaited watch with smart dial
  9. Situation clear as hand grenade disarmed
  10. Power and passion as former Queensland premier hits town

Defence lawyer Steve Kissick said "but for the grace of God" the passengers had not been left with lifelong injuries or killed.

Judge Greg Koppenol said Hempelman's actions showed disregard for other people.

"You were indifferent to the potentially catastrophic results that may have occurred due to the speed you were doing," he said.

"You were going at more than double the speed limit."

Hempelman was sentenced to two years and six months' prison and will be eligible for parole after serving six months. He was also disqualified from holding a driver's licence for two years.

Topics:  dangerous driving editors picks ipswich district court



Ipswich CBD bank to close for good

CLOSED FOR BUSINESS.

Not enough physical customers to keep doors open

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Local Partners

Your gig guide to a great night out in Ipswich

The latest on the live music scene across the city.

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

Bush balladeer brings bruised blues to Brissie

BRIGHT FUTURE: Jordan Merrick has just released his EP, In Colour.

Singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick on his debut EP, In Colour

Ipswich lad 'Robbo' brings Studio 10 home to Nanna

REUNION: Studio 10 roving reporter David 'Robbo' Robinson broadcast the Channel 10 shows live from Ipswich with his grandmother Jan Wells.

And Eastern Heights fan plays host in the TV thrill of her life

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!