How car crash saved a CQ father’s life

A CAR crash saved the life of an Emerald father, who took off towards Fairbairn Dam with some “very dire intentions”.

Emerald painter and father of one, Jake Dean Carter, crashed a Toyota Hilux at the intersection of Selma Rd and Denison Rd, about 7.30pm on July 26.

Emerald Magistrates Court heard Carter had consumed about 15 Great Northen stubbies in four hours and then left his friend’s house to drive to Fairbairn Dam, where he had all intentions of driving off the wall.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kevin Ongheen said the vehicle had travelled on the opposite side of the road before veering off and crashing into bushland.

Police arrived at the scene of the crash to find Carter “very upset”, crying beside the vehicle.

Carter recorded a BAC of .173 per cent, more than three times the legal limit, the court heard.

When he appeared at court on August 17, Carter said he had been “quite suicidal for the last few weeks”, although he was taking steps to seek the help he needed.

Carter, who represented himself, said he had the support of his father and was also seeing someone at the hospital everyday.

He told the court the incident came after an ongoing custody battle that had been dragged out due to coronavirus.

Magistrate Robert Walker said despite the reasoning, the outcome of the incident could have been “catastrophic”.

“It’s a serious example of the offence driving under the influence of liquor,” he said.

“I’ve very pleased to see you standing here, a young man dealing with your issues.”

Carter pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor.

He was fined $900 and disqualified from driving for nine months. The conviction was recorded.

Mr Walker told Carter not to let the outcome plunge him back into negative thoughts.

“Don’t let any setback divert you from this positive path youre taking to deal with your issues.

“All things can be solved.”

If you need help or support please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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