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Grott’s ‘ice-induced frenzy’ leaves girl, 17, badly injured

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A BROKEN jaw, ribs and fractured sternum. Tarquin Grott is accused of spending 48 hours driving the Bruce Hwy in a stolen car before crashing and suffering severe injuries.

The potentially deadly crash into a semi trailer 13km south of Miriam Vale left his 17-year-old female friend badly injured.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said Grott had not slept for 48 hours and been driving the highway in "an ice-induced frenzy".

Police strongly opposed Grott's bail application in Gladstone Magistrates Court, saying Grott was behind the wheel of the Mazda 323 driving up and down the Bruce Hwy at extraordinary speeds.

The court heard he had failed to stop for police, twice stolen fuel in drive-offs, and was recorded in Gin Gin doing 127km/h in a 50 zone at 10pm on Friday.

The crash happened at 3.30am Saturday.

With black thick curly hair Grott, 21, looked subdued seated in the dock when he appeared charged with a dozen offences including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm; failing to stop for police; stealing; two counts of supplying dangerous drugs; and driving unlicensed.

He was arrested after checking himself out of Gladstone hospital on Sunday.

Sgt Stevens said Grott was seen at Turkey Beach at 9.25pm, and then 36 minutes later he was 125kms away at Gin Gin.

"Gin Gin is a hive of B-doubles and trucks," he said.

"He should stay in custody for his own protection and other road users," he said.

"He shouldn't be on the road.

"He was already on curfew and on bail.

"He told police he did this to impress his girlfriend.

"He remembers nothing; he was in a drug induced stupor."

CLEAN-UP: The highway was closed for four hours.
CLEAN-UP: The highway was closed for four hours.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said he needed bail to have surgery done on his broken jaw and would live with his mother near Gympie.

"He wants to sort out his affairs and arrange for someone to care for his dog," he said.

"I will do daily drug tests to prove I'm not on drugs," Grott called out from the dock.

Magistrate Penelope Hay refused bail, saying it was only a week ago Grott was granted strict bail in Gympie which he had completely disregarded.

His Tasmanian co-accused Matt Whatley, 20, had only been in Queensland just 24 hours before the offences. He was not in the car crash but his sister was.

Sgt Stevens opposed Whatley's bail application, saying he was a habitual drug user and on bail for an armed robbery charge in Launceston.

He said Whatley had been seen at a pharmacy in Tannum Sands after having a "hot shot" of ice in which he injected 2.5 points.

Witnesses told police they saw Whatley driving dangerously on the wrong side of the road.

Whatley was later dropped off at Gladstone Hospital and police say Grott drove north to Rockhampton and then headed back south.

Ms Hay said Whatley is alleged to have robbed a taxi driver in Tasmania at knife point and previously been subjected to suspended jail terms for drug offences.

When she refused bail Whatley screamed out "F*** the court" before being taken away.

But he was led back into the courtroom to apologise to Ms Hay. Both cases were adjourned.

Topics:  crime, gladstone, gradstomemagistratescourt, ice




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