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Crack pipe driver fined $1000, disqualified after crash

CRASH survivor Kylene Scott was lucky to escape unscathed after the drugged-up driver crashed her car into a 4WD Nissan on the Bruce Highway, the impact demolishing her Commodore.

With her car wrecked the drug driver has been fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Scott pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving under the influence. Police went to the crash scene 5km north of Miriam Vale at 11.20am on September 9 last year.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said Scott was beside her Holden Commodore that had significant front end damage and nearby a Nissan Patrol had rear end damage.

Scott told them she drank half a can of Jim Beam; but she tested negative to alcohol.

Sgt Stevens said police saw that she was unable to stand still, was fidgeting and while being spoken to "had significant mood changes".

A blood sample was taken at the hospital.

Sgt Stevens said Scott told police she used "a crack pipe to inhale methamphetamine, twice" before driving home from Miriam Vale to Tannum Sands.

He said a doctor's medical report revealed Scott had amphetamine and methylamphetamine (ice) in her system.

The report indicated that the quantity of drugs in her system meant Scott would not have the ability to safely control her car.

"It is a serious incident and resulted in a collision," he said.

"She drove on a populated highway while clearly under the influence of drugs."

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Scott instructs him she was consuming illicit drugs before the accident.

"She is lucky to be okay," he said.

"Her vehicle was written off."

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Scott had no criminal history of such offences but had used illegal drugs and consequently had an accident, placing her life and other road users at risk.

She said the medical report found Scott not capable of driving safely with the amount of drugs she had taken.

Topics:  car crash gladstone gladstone magistrates court ice meth



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