Man keeps licence after crash

A MARYBOROUGH man who fell asleep at the wheel on the drive home from Brisbane has managed to keep his licence despite pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Benjamin Patrick Kelly appeared in Maryborough Magistrates Court and walked out with a fine.

Prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan said Kelly crashed his car down a steep embankment alongside the Bruce Highway on August 4.

It was 4am and Kelly had driven to Brisbane airport and turned around almost straight away to drive home again.

He had been behind the wheel for more than six hours when he nodded off at Glenwood.

Kelly woke after hitting some gravel on the side of the highway.

He then braked heavily, veered across the highway and crashed down a steep hill.

He and his two passengers somehow managed to escape without injury. The car, however, was a write-off.

Acting Magistrate Neil Lavaring took into account Kelly's previously good driving record when he decided to not disqualify his licence.

“You're lucky you didn't injure anybody or hit another vehicle,” Mr Lavaring said.

Kelly was fined $600 and allowed to keep his licence.

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