More charges possible

RESULTS of a blood test could lead to more charges being laid against a 20-year-old man who allegedly drove a stolen car through an intersection and crashed into another driver in Maryborough.

Christopher Michael Graham has already been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, failing to stop, driving while disqualified and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He has been in custody since the crash at the intersection of Russell and Kent streets on October 27.

Graham was allegedly driving a stolen Hyundai Sonata along Russell Street when he failed to give way at the intersection and slammed into a Toyota Camry sedan.

A middle-aged man in the Camry was trapped for a short time before being freed by firefighters. He was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Graham fled the scene and jumped over a fence into a nearby yard but police were close behind and he was arrested.

He appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court this week but lawyer Travis George did not apply for bail on behalf of his client.

Mr George said police were awaiting results of a blood test. Those results could lead to further circumstances of aggravation to the dangerous operation charge, or a further charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

Graham was already on parole for a dangerous driving conviction at the time of the crash and had about nine unlicensed or disqualified driving offences on his traffic history, Mr George said.

It is still unclear whether Graham's current charges will be dealt with by a magistrate or before a judge.

Magistrate John Smith remanded him in custody to re-appear before the Maryborough Magistrates Court on December 21.



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