Vodka and ice’d up driver crunches tree

ICE and Vodka just don't mix when you get an attack of the munchies and head for Maccas but instead crunch your cousin's car into a tree.

The awful aftermath has hit home for Gary Thomas Smith, 22, who didn't make it to the drive-through to grab a burger.

Instead, the lapsed learner driver must pay his cousin $9000 for the now mangled wreck that he apparently borrowed without permission.

Smith pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving when unlicensed in Victoria Ave at Glen Eden on March 30, driving without due care, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said police went to the crash scene at 4am and spoke to Smith whose Learner's licence had expired.

Smith told officers he drank six or seven stubbies of vodka at a night club and had been smoking ice at home. However, he got hungry and decided to drive to McDonalds.

Smith gave a blood/alcohol reading of .089 and tested positive to amphetamine.

Defence lawyer Kylie Devney said Smith only used a small amount of ice.

She said he crashed after grabbing his mobile phone to check the time because he wondered what menu was being served at McDonalds at that time.

Ms Devney said the vehicle was written-off and Smith has to pay his cousin $9000.

"He was extremely shaken up after," she said.

"He was very lucky not to be hurt."

Magistrate Penelope Hay found Smith had suffered some significant punishment by paying the $9000 which he was paying off weekly.

She warned Smith he put his life and that of other road uses in danger for no good reason other than to go to McDonalds.

Smith was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for six months.



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