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No bail for man accused of crashing stolen car on Bruce Hwy

A BROKEN jaw, ribs and fractured sternum. These are the injuries suffered by Tarquin Grott, who is accused of driving on the Bruce Hwy over a 48-hour period in a stolen car before crashing.

The potentially deadly crash into a semi-trailer 13km south of Miriam Vale also left a 17-year-old female passenger badly injured.

Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told Gladstone Magistrates Court Grott had not slept for 48 hours and been driving the highway in "an ice-induced frenzy".

Police strongly opposed Grott's bail application, saying he was behind the wheel of the Mazda 323, driving up and down the Bruce Hwy at extraordinary speeds.

The court heard he had failed to stop for police, twice stolen fuel in drive-offs and was recorded in Gin Gin doing 127kmh in a 50kmh zone at 10pm on Friday.

The crash happened at 3.30am Saturday.

With black thick curly hair, Grott, 21, looked subdued seated in the dock when he appeared charged with a dozen offences including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm; failing to stop for police; stealing; two counts of supplying dangerous drugs; and driving unlicensed.

He was arrested after checking himself out of Gladstone Hospital on Sunday.

Sgt Stevens said during the offence, Grott was seen at Turkey Beach and then 36 minutes later was 125km away at Gin Gin.

"Gin Gin is a hive of B-doubles and trucks," he said.

"He should stay in custody for his own protection and other road users.

"He shouldn't be on the road.

"He was already on curfew and on bail.

"He told police he did this to impress his girlfriend.

"He remembers nothing - he was in a drug-induced stupor."

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said his client needed bail to have surgery done on his broken jaw and would live with his mother near Gympie.

"He wants to sort out his affairs and arrange for someone to care for his dog," he said.

"I will do daily drug tests to prove I'm not on drugs," Grott called out from the dock.

Magistrate Penelope Hay refused bail, saying it was only a week ago Grott was granted strict bail in Gympie, which he had completely disregarded.

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