Dead man driving gets jail after meth smash
A DEAD man driving who crashed his car with enough methamphetamine in his blood to kill him has been jailed.
Trent Roger Palmby, 26, blew a kiss to members of his family in Bundaberg Magistrates Court as he made his way to the cells yesterday.
The court was told at 5.30am, on June 11 last year, Palmby was seen driving down Bourbong St at an unknown speed. Witnesses said the engine was extremely loud.
Palmby collided with a power pole, crossed on to the wrong side of the road and crashed through a fence into a car sales yard, damaging several vehicles.
When he underwent a blood test he had a methamphetamine concentration of 0.82mg per kilogram.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens submitted a report by Queensland Health medical officer Robert Hoskins stating the level of the drug would have severely affected Palmby's ability to drive.
Dr Hoskins said he conducted a study in 2011 of people caught driving with methamphetamine in their systems, and the highest level of the drug was 0.57mg.
He said the level of the drug in Palmby's blood was so high it was sufficient to have killed him.
Medical evidence suggested he may have been on a drug binge before the crash.
Sgt Stevens said at 11.50pm, on June 16 last year, Palmby was at the Sugarland Tavern when his brother became involved in an altercation with a man.
Palmby jumped over a railing, slapped the man on the back of the head and, when he turned, punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. A short time later Palmby became involved in an argument with another man and punched him in the face, splitting his lip.
Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer said Palmby turned to drugs after splitting from his partner last year.
Palmby pleaded guilty to breaching an order, common assault, dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, assault occasioning bodily harm and driving while disqualified.
Magistrate Deb Vasta sentenced him to nine months jail, with his parole date set for June 10.
She also disqualified him from driving for two-and-a -half years.