Gladstone ice driver can't remember Wilson St crash
NEW Years Day crash driver Nathan Fleetwood blames his bingle into a parked car on "a black out", saying he doesn't remember driving along the road before impact.
But Gladstone police took a very different view after Fleetwood tested positive to the drug ice and methamphetamine.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police went to the crash scene on Wilson St at 8pm on January 1 and spoke to Fleetwood.
"He says he blacked out and doesn't remember driving along the street," Mr Reece said.
"He was glassy eyed."
Mr Reece said Fleetwood tested negative to alcohol and denied to police he was under the influence of an illicit substance.
He did say he was on pain medication for a leg fracture.
A blood sample was taken at Gladstone Base Hospital which was tested and later revealed amphetamine and methylamphetamine.
"A medical officer's report says with the concentration (of drug found in his system) he was under the influence and not in a fit state to drive," Mr Reece said.
Fleetwood, 28, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving a motor vehicle in Glenlyon Rd, Glen Eden on March 1 when unlicensed (SPER suspended); driving under the influence in Dawson Street on January 1; and contravening a police direction on January 9.
Mr Reece said Fleetwood's licence was suspended on January 1 following his crash but he was stopped by police while driving on March 1.
He told officers that he believed his licence was still valid.
Lawyer Jun Pepito said Fleetwood's vehicle was written-off.
Fleetwood said he had checked online at the time and believed his licence still to be still valid.
However precedent legal cases before a higher court were mentioned in which a reasonable or mistaken belief was not a defence, even a legal document or legal advice that was deficient.
Magistrate Mark Morrow found Fleetwood had methylamphetamine and methamphetamine in his system on New Years Day "so obviously you had been using" and driven that day under the influence of a drug.
Fleetwood was fined $1950 and disqualified for two years.