A MAGISTRATE has told a young man who took part in "a foolish street race" on his birthday that he had paid a very high price after suffering serious injuries in a crash that destroyed his $58,000 Subaru.
Thomas Craig Wilson, 26, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention on Chapman Drive at Clinton on March 30.
Prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi said the blue Subaru was left embedded in a telephone pole and emergency rescue crews spent an hour freeing Wilson from the wreckage trapped by the steering wheel and dash.
Magistrate Penelope Hay was told Wilson suffered two broken legs, broken arm, fractured pelvis and ruptured bladder and spent three months in rehabilitation and likely to spend six months in the wheelchair before walking again.
Sgt Gangemi said Wilson told a witness who asked what happened: "I put my foot down".
"Witnesses said it appeared to be a drag race. They... saw two vehicles accelerating then impact noises," Sgt Gangemi said.
"The second driver stopped and checked on the driver but left before police arrived."
Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said the Subaru was under finance and Wilson's insurance company was paying up.
"It will be another six months before he walks again," Mr Pepito said, seeking that Wilson not be disqualified because he could not drive anyway.
"You were fortunate Mr Wilson not to have been killed or to have killed someone else. It was entirely good fortune. Not skill or good management," Ms Hay said.
Wilson was convicted but not fined, with Ms Hay saying his ongoing suffering was sufficient.