Drug driver in horror head-on escapes with tiny fine
A MAN who had to be cut from his wrecked vehicle and airlifted to Brisbane after a high impact head-on near Gympie last year, has now faced court for drug driving.
But Gympie magistrate Chris Callaghan said there was no prosecution claim that drugs had been at a level which would have contributed to the crash.
Meth amphetamine was the only drug which showed in hospital blood tests at a level which would have showed positive in a saliva test. But it was not at a level which would have affected his driving or he would have been charged with driving under the influence, Mr Callaghan said.
Police told the court the crash, on January 13 last year occurred when an eastbound Ford sedan veered into the oncoming lane and collided with a Toyota four-wheel-drive.
"I believe I suffered a diabetic blackout," Donald Shane McGregor, who drove the sedan, told the court yesterday.
McGregor, 56 of Cinnabar, pleaded guilty to driving with meth amphetamine in his saliva on the Wide Bay Highway at Bells Bridge.
McGregor had been airlifted to Brisbane, with blood samples taken on his admission to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
That was three hours after the crash, which occurred about 1.45pm.
The cause appeared to be "an unexpected medical episode suffered by the defendant," police said.
McGregor said he had suffered "24 broken bones" in the crash.
Mr Callaghan fined McGregor $350. "Given that you live in regional Queensland I disqualify you for one month rather than three," he said.
McGregor suffered chest, pelvic and abdominal injuries, according to reports at the time.
A woman in the other vehicle was taken to hospital in a stable condition, it was reported.