Truck driver was high on speed, meth before fiery crash

A WARWICK truck driver has been jailed for driving offences, including being affected by speed and meth when he collided with another B-Double.

Rusty Norman Thornton appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court this week where he pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of drugs and four unlicensed driving charges.

Emergency crews were called to the fiery crash on the evening of March 18 last year.

Police officers found Thornton's truck was completely burnt out when it caught fire after crashing into the other truck.

He told police he had no memory of the accident.

When asked for his licence, the 32-year-old admitted to police that he didn't have one.

Blood tests taken showed Thornton was under the influence of methylamphetamine and amphetamines at the time of crash.

This week Thornton also pleaded guilty to a further three charges of unlicensed driving, two of which occurred on the same day in October last year.

Magistrate Bevan Manthey has made no secret of his history of jailing people who continue to drive without licenses.

Thornton, who was on a suspended sentence when he committed these further offences, was sentenced to three months jail but will serve one-third of his sentence.

He was also banned from holding a licence for a total of 12 months.

The earlier nine-month suspended jail sentence was also activated.

He will be released on parole on March 1.


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