'My finger was hanging off': Rider in court after crash
A MOTORCYCLIST in the middle of a medical emergency left blood behind rather than his details after crashing into a car.
William Mitchell Hayes pleaded guilty to three charges, but had a unique defence when he faced Kingaroy Magistrates Court on Monday.
The 31-year-old told the court he had damaged his finger in the crash.
"My finger was hanging off, I had to get to the hospital,” Hayes said.
"I ended up losing it.”
The car he crashed into was parked safely outside a Kingaroy address on Aderman Dr on February 2 before the rider lost control and hit it at 9.15pm.
Police prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi said the motorcyclist left without leaving any details, but police officers found blood at the crash site.
The officers later found Hayes at the hospital receiving medical treatment.
The 31-year-old recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.096.
Magistrate Louisa Pink said due to the medical emergency Hayes was convicted and not further punished for failing to provide his details or stay at the crash site.
But he was fined $250 for driving without due care and attention and colliding with the parked vehicle.
He was also ordered to pay the owners back the $600 insurance payout for the damage.
Hayes had his licence disqualified for two months due to his blood alcohol reading of 0.096 being over the general limit, but not over the middle limit.
All convictions were recorded.