Fine dealt to sleep driver who flipped his car

FATIGUED driver Hendro Saputra says he crashed his car on the way home to Calliope from a work shift after falling asleep at the wheel.

His red Suzuki Swift was wrecked in the rollover down an embankment on the Dawson Highway just before 11pm on June 2.

Saputra, 19, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving without due care and attention.

He was fined $300 after magistrate Penelope Hay took into account the significant financial costs the crash had caused him.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said the sedan was extensively damaged and Saputra told officers at the scene he had just finished work and driving home when he had fallen asleep.

She said the car went down an embankment and rolled but landed back on its wheels.

"He said he felt tired after his work and just wanted to get home," Sgt Hoskins said.

Defence lawyer Kylie Devney said Saputra did overtime that night and as it was a cold night had the car heater on.

She said the Suzuki was most likely a write-off and there had been no hooning or aggravating feature to the crash.

Ms Hay told Saputra it was fortunate he had not injured himself or collided with another motor vehicle.



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