A tale of two mates: One in jail, one seriously injured

TWO mates went for a drive, the car collided with a power pole, one ended up with serious injuries including a fractured eye socket and yesterday the driver was sent to jail.

Shane Glen Oscar Medcraft, 28, was sentenced to three years imprisonment in Ipswich District Court after pleading guilty to two charges arising from the May 2015 crash at Blackstone.

The court heard Medcraft was driving his Holden Commodore in excess of 100kmh in a 60kmh suburban street shortly before 8pm when he crossed onto the wrong side of the road, swerved in front of another car and collided with a power pole.

The crash was caught on the dash camera of a following police car.

Footage played to the court showed the car slam into the power pole, rotate 70 degrees and get showered with sparks and live wires.

Crown prosecutor James Marxson told the court Medcraft's 22-year-old friend had to be cut from the wreckage and was taken to hospital for surgery with a fractured leg, rib, big toe and eye socket, lacerations to his scalp and face and broken blood vessels in his eye.

The men had been mates for years.

Mr Marxson said the passenger told Medcraft to stop and let him out of the car just prior to the crash but the defendant told him he "had it under control".

"He applied the brakes and lost control, the car slammed head on into the power pole and crushed the front," Mr Marxson said.

Mr Marxson said Medcraft presented to the court with a six-page criminal history which included seven prior unlicensed or disqualified driving offences.

Medcraft's licence was disqualified by a court at the time of the crash.

"His history is indicative of a disregard for court orders," he said.

The court heard Medcraft's criminal history started when he became homeless at seven years old and started using "anything that he could get a high off" when he was 12 years old.

Defence lawyer Scott Neaves said his client developed a phobia of cars and transport after the crash.

"He feels considerable grief for the affect on the complainant, this is certainly something that troubles him on a daily basis," Mr Neaves said.

Judge Greg Koppenol told Medcraft he should look forward to resuming his relationship with his partner, who was due to have a baby in December, when he was released from prison.

He said the defendant had an "unenviable criminal and traffic history".

"This was not a momentary lapse of attention, your driving was dangerous for a reasonable period of time," he told Medcraft.

Medcraft pleaded guilty to one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm whilst excessively speeding and driving with a court disqualified licence.

He was given a head sentence of three years jail with parole after serving 12 months and disqualified from holding a drivers licence for three years.



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