Drunk learner driver flips car

A LEARNER driver was almost four times the legal alcohol limit when he crashed his car into a stranger’s vehicle, flipping it onto its roof.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard police were called to a two-vehicle crash on Forest Hill-Fernvale Road at Lowood at 12.20am on November 14.

When officers arrived, they found a female driver’s vehicle had been flipped onto its roof and was resting on the nature strip.

Witnesses pointed out a second car which had come to rest among trees.

Ryan Pearce, 25, was in the back of an ambulance on site and displayed signs of intoxication, the court heard.

A sample of blood was taken at hospital and analysed, showing Pearce’s blood alcohol content was 0.196.

Pearce pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor and driving unaccompanied on a learner’s permit.

He was fined $1000 and disqualified from obtaining a licence for 18 months.

Pearce told the court the incident was out of character.

“I’m very disappointed in myself,” Pearce said.

“I was suffering a bit of depression due to a marriage break-up.

“I just wasn’t me and I’ve never done anything like that in my life.”

Pearce said he was a father and home owner and he did not “want to lose that”.

“I feel very bad about the other party in the accident,” he said.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said he understood Pearce’s submissions but he should not have been anywhere near a car with a reading of 0.196.

“Clearly you constituted a significant danger to other road users and yourself and that was graphically illustrated by the fact that there was a serious car accident,” Mr Quinn said.

“You are very lucky to be standing there.”



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