'Show-off' crashes car into tree during stunt
IT'S a perfect example of how showing off in your car can go horribly wrong.
P-Plater Jacob Daniel Lane was at a Rosewood party with friends when he decided to wow his mates with a car stunt.
The 19-year-old drove his Holden Commodore down Karrabin-Rosewood Rd at high speed in an attempt to skid around a corner.
Instead, the teen lost control of his car and ploughed into a tree about 1.30am on May 9.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Lane pleaded guilty to a dangerous driving charge.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the Thagoona teen accelerated up to 120kmh in a 60kmh zone just before he crashed.
Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said Lane had been the designated driver at the party and had no alcohol in his system when he attempted the stunt.
Mr Hoskin noted his client's traffic history contained only one speeding offence. He said Lane's Commodore had been damaged to the point of not being useable, and that his client had lost his job as a result.
"Living out where my client does, having a car to get to and from work is a necessity," Mr Hoskin said.
"He's now paid to have his car fixed and is keen to re-enter the workforce."
Magistrate Deborah Vasta said Lane was lucky he didn't kill himself or anyone else when he performed the botched car stunt.
"Dozens of people in Queensland are killed on the roads each year and you can thank your lucky stars you are not one of them," she told Lane.
"You are also fortunate you are not sitting in jail right now charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death."
Lane was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months. No convictions were recorded.