P-plater, still drunk from night out, crashes car
AFTER crashing his car near Wallumbilla, Thomas Patch walked towards town before he was picked up by a passing truck driver and dropped home.
The 19-year-old, who was on a provisional license, crashed his car at about 6am on August 11, 3km west of town, Roma Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.
Later the morning, Patch's parents attended the scene where they identified their son's car, telling police he had been dropped home by a truck driver.
When tested for his blood alcohol concentration, Patch blew 0.068.
Police prosecutor Heather Whiting told the court Patch had consumed alcohol between 6pm the previous night, and 2am the morning of the accident.
"He consumed two Great Northern schooners, and between 10-15 stubbies at the Commonwealth Hotel and Zone Nightclub," she said.
Patch's lawyer, Laurie Parker said his client knew his actions could have had much more serious consequences.
"He knows he is very lucky not to be in a worse situation," he said.
"I have advised my client that if he is going to drink, then he shouldn't drive."
Magistrate Cridland fined Patch $500 and disqualified him from driving for three months.