Gladstone driver snoozes on Hanson Rd after night shift
SLEEPY after working a night shift Gladstone driver Dylan Briskey went off road at 6am and crashed through a black fence.
The fence was mangled and his dual cab Holden Colorado written-off.
Briskey, 22, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention along Hanson Road at 6am on March 27.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police went to the single-vehicle crash scene and found that the Colorado had been travelling south-west when it veered to the centre of the road and crossed a centre traffic island before colliding with two sections of black fence.
Briskey told officers he fell asleep after working night shift.
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His wrecked Colorado had to be removed from the damaged fence.
Lawyer Jun Pepito said Briskey had already suffered because his $18,000 vehicle was written off.
However, the court heard that in a NSW Appeal case before a higher court, the destruction of a motor vehicle could not be regarded as extra curricular punishment.
Magistrate Mark Morrow accepted that no substances had been involved in the accident.
"If you are tired you shouldn't drive, a danger to yourself and other road users," he said.
Mr Morrow fined the driver $750 and he lost three demerit points.