Man lucky to be alive after crash

TIMOTHY James McDonald gave his mum a Mother's Day she would rather forget this year.

After taking a cocktail of drugs the previous evening, McDonald hopped in his car on Sunday May 9 to visit his mum at Torbanlea.

He never made it.

Just south of Maryborough, McDonald fell asleep at the wheel, crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into a tree.

The crash woke McDonald up and he managed to climb out of his overturned car and wave down a passing motorist for help.

A roadside breath test at the scene was negative but a blood test taken at the hospital showed a combination of drugs in McDonald's system.

Among the drugs present were methylamphetamine, codeine, marijuana and morphine.

McDonald faced the Maryborough Magistrates Court charged with drug-driving.

Prosecutor Sergeant Craig Ryan said McDonald's decision to drive was extremely dangerous.

“He was lucky not to be charged with dangerous driving,” Sgt Ryan said.

“A lengthy period of disqualification should be imposed.”

McDonald told the court he worked on Lady Elliot Island but would likely lose his job if he lost his licence.

He admitted he had made a terrible mistake.

“I'm reminded of it every day when I look in the mirror,” he said.

Acting magistrate Neil Lavaring said he would have considered a jail term if McDonald had a more extensive traffic history.

Mr Lavaring fined McDonald $1000 and disqualified his licence for 12 months.



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