Man drove drunk at 130kph before rollover



A Mackay man who drunk drove around Gladstone suburbs at speeds of 130kph and roundabouts the wrong way appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Bryce Robert Gill, 18, pleaded guilty to two charges of dangerous operation of a car, one of disqualified driving, one of possess dangerous drugs and one of a major drink driving.

Gill's dangerous drive around Gladstone took place about 4am on February 12 when police saw him speed away in the CBD and through red lights on Glenlyon Road and Tank Street.

Police gave chase and Gill reached speeds of 130kph on Glenlyon Road on the incorrect side of the road.

Police saw Gill travel on the Glenlyon Road and Philip Street roundabout the wrong way and later swerve violently at speed a number of times before he lost control of the car.

The car slid onto the footpath, struck a powerpole and rolled onto its roof but Gill escaped and ran away.

He was caught trying to jump a fence further down on Oxley Drive.

A clipseal bag with four grams of marijuana seeds was found in the car and Gill later gave a breath alcohol concentration reading of 0.15 per cent.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Seabrook said Gill had been disqualifed previously and had previous for drink driving.

Defence solicitor Tom Bar-ry said Gill was sorry and remorseful and realised the damage he could have admit- ted: 'I (Gill) was just plain stupid'.

Fortunately, Mr Barry said, there were few cars on the road at that time of the morning.

He also said Gill, who moved to Gladstone for work as a welder, would keep his job despite the offences.

Magistrate Joan White said Gill's traffic history was 'unenviable' and hoped he realised the potential for injury that night.

'I hope you realise if something had happened,' Ms White said, "You would probably be serving some time in prison.

'You could have killed or maimed someone else or you could have killed or maimed yourself.'

Gill had recently completed nine months probation. Ms White ordered him to complete 12 months probation, disqualified him from driving for two years and recorded a conviction.



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