Can of Jack Daniels in car after driver hits power pole
FIRIES at the Gladstone Fire Station heard a bang and came running out.
Fearing the worst, the would-be rescuers saw a car that had just struck a power pole in Breslin St being driven around the corner into Charles St then stopping.
The driver then got out and walked off, leaving the crunched vehicle where it was.
A half empty can of Jack Daniels was inside, along with the key still in the ignition.
Driver Jack Daniel Simpson, 20, faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified (repeat offender), and driving without due care and attention on September 21.
Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said Simpson's car had swerved off the road on Breslin St and mounted a traffic island then struck a light pole.
Damage was done to the front of the car and the pole.
"Fire and rescue officers heard the noise of the impact and thought it was a rollover, and saw him exit the car and walk up Charles St," she said.
"Police attended and saw a half-full can of Jack Daniels inside."
Sgt Hoskins said Simpson had eventually returned and police arrived while he was changing a damaged tyre.
He at first denied being involved, telling officers he had not reported the car stolen because he thought a mate may have borrowed it.
At the time of the offence Simpson's his licence had been disqualified from July 2012 to April 2015.
Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke told Simpson he had to act more responsibly.
He was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for two more years.