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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".

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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."

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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.

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