Car thief cops fine after crashing vehicle into tree

LOOSE gravel caused the crash of a stolen car, a man told Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Kristian Samuel Leivers, 24, stole a four-wheel-drive after a polocrosse tournament and crashed it into a tree at Calliope.

He has pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Leivers was asked a series of questions by Magistrate Mark Morrow, about his claim that he lost control of the LandCruiser when it hit loose gravel.

Eventually Leivers admitted he may have taken the corner too fast.

As a result  he damaged the front end of the stolen vehicle before he bailed out and walked into Calliope.

Police were alerted to the stolen Toyota about 8am on March 25, when they found the vehicle crashed near the racecourse.

The court heard hair and blood samples were lifted from the crashed vehicle by scene of crime officers.

Witnesses said they had seen Leivers drive away in the ute without its headlights on.

Defence solicitor Geoff Skelton said Leivers had been at the racecourse with another person.

He had fled the scene because he felt he was about to get into a fight, stealing the four-wheel-drive as he attempted to make his escape.

Mr Morrow fined the Victorian FIFO worker $1300 for the offence.

A conviction was recorded against Leivers.

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