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Bundaberg Magistrate Deb Vasta has told a Bundaberg teen he is lucky to be alive after he got behind the wheel drunk and crashed his friends car.
Bundaberg Magistrate Deb Vasta has told a Bundaberg teen he is lucky to be alive after he got behind the wheel drunk and crashed his friends car. Mike Knott

A TEENAGE learner driver who smashed his friend's car into a power pole while drink driving has faced court for the foolish incident.

Seventeen-year-old Montgomery Bonney and his 16-year-old passenger were lucky to live when the Mazda 6 they were in smashed into a power pole so hard the wood split.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover yesterday told Bundaberg Magistrates Court the smash happened on February 27 at Bargara when Bonney, a learner driver was drink driving with a blood alcohol level of .107% in a roadworks zone.

"At 8.45pm there was a single vehicle traffic crash involving an electrical pole on Durdins Rd," Snr Const Glover said.

"The timber electricity pole had split at the base."

Snr Const Glover said the smash had brought down powerlines and people in the surrounding neighbourhood were without power until the early hours of the following morning.

Bonney pleaded guilty to drink driving and failing to comply with the learner driver restrictions.

His lawyer Rian Dwyer said it had been a costly error for the school boy who would have to pay for the $15,000 car and replace the power pole.

"He's fully aware how lucky he and his passenger were," Mr Dwyer said.

"It was a very valuable lesson for him."

Magistrate Deb Vasta told Bonney he and his passenger were lucky not to be on the list of the region's seven fatalities for 2014.

"You would have noticed that the 17-year-old girl who ran into a power pole on the way home from school has succumbed to her injuries," she said.

"There's been seven deaths since the start of this year."

Mrs Vasta told Bonney to stop for a moment and think about the fact that seven people who celebrated New Year's Eve with their loved ones and rung in the new year would not see the end of 2014.

"Those seven people are now in the ground and it shows you how quickly your life can be extinguished," she said.

"There's a silver lining that you didn't kill anybody or injure anybody and hopefully that's an experience you will learn from."

Bonney was disqualified from driving for three months and placed on a good behaviour bond.

"I'm only doing this because you've already had so many other punishments placed on you, so many consequences," Mrs Vasta told Bonney.

Topics:  crash, drink driver, l-plater



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