Showing off proves expensive

A HOONING drunk driver lost control of his car and smashed into a power pole after "showing off" in front of his mates.

Police received multiple triple-0 calls about a driver doing burnouts along a suburban street in Bellbird Park on January 1.

When officers arrived they found the crumpled car, belonging to Shannon Matthew Stokes, had slammed into a power pole.

Witnesses had seen Stokes, 36, get out of the car after the accident and flee the scene.

When police located Stokes later, he said he was the owner of the car but denied driving it and said he was going to "bash the person that drove it".

Ipswich Magistrates Court was told Stokes was carrying an open beer bottle but said since the accident he had drunk a "number of shots" of liquor.

Stokes eventually confessed he was the driver and told police he had done the burnout to impress his mates, but his thong got stuck under the accelerator and he crashed into the pole.

When breath tested he blew 0.159 - more than three times the legal limit.

Stokes pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.

Defence lawyer Michael Kelly said his client's long-term relationship came to an end last year and he went into a "downward spiral".

Mr Kelly said Stokes had a personal loan of $30,000 for the car which received $16,000 damage from the accident.

Now, without a car, Stokes would have to continue to repay the loan.

Mr Kelly said the dangerous operation was momentary and Stokes hadn't intended to crash the car.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said it was fortunate there were no other vehicles involved and no one had been injured.

She said while the offence was stupid and dangerous, the only person to truly suffer at the end of the day was Stokes himself.

He was fined $1500 and disqualified from driving for six months.



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