Drunk driver learns hard lesson

A MAN who ploughed his vehicle into an Ipswich primary school was more than three times the legal alcohol limit.

Daniel Thomas Brett collided with a fence at Kruger State School at Redbank Plains on September 4 at 6.30am.

He fled the scene of the accident, leaving almost $2000 worth of damage behind him.

But a bit of quick-thinking detective work by witnesses, who noted his registration plate, enabled police to track Brett down.

Later in the day police observed Brett walking unsteadily across the pedestrian crossing at Booval Fair shopping centre.

He admitted to driving and causing the accident earlier in the day. He was breath tested and a certificate was issued at 0.175.

Police then discovered Brett had never held a licence, the vehicle's registration had been cancelled almost two years ago and the registration sticker had not been issued to his car.

Brett told Ipswich Magistrates Court he was grateful no-one had been injured in the accident and he regretted his foolish behaviour.

"I realise the damage I caused and my stupidity," he said.

"I have since been to Ipswich City Council to pay for the fence.

"I will be paying it back in monthly instalments over the next six months."

Magistrate Michael Quinn told Brett he had put innocent lives in danger by driving under the influence of liquor.

"The fact you had an accident shows how great a danger you imposed," Mr Quinn said.

"Further, you were unlicensed, unregistered and failed to stop and discharge your responsibilities."

Mr Quinn said it appeared Brett was now taking steps towards rehabilitation.

Brett, a student, pleaded guilty to six charges including driving under the influence of liquor, failing to stop at an accident, driving unlicensed, unregistered and uninsured, and driving without the correct registration sticker. He was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.


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