Teenager without licence rolls car

A DRINK-DRIVING teenager rolled his car and left the scene where the vehicle was later found on its roof by police, a court was told.

Lee Andrew Harris, 18, of Deepwater, was driving unlicensed in his unregistered, uninsured Ford Falcon wagon when he crashed.

He yesterday pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to four driving charges and one count of possessing a dangerous drug.

Bundaberg police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said police found the abandoned car on its roof about 12.20am on July 27 at Deepwater.

The officers went to a nearby house and found Harris, whose breath test revealed a blood alcohol reading of .073.

“They also located 20g of cannabis in the defendant's left breast pocket,” Sgt Stevens said.

“Checks revealed he had never been the holder of a driver's licence.”

Defence barrister Simon Burgess said his client was the victim of a “terrible” car crash in which he was hit while riding his bike in 2004.

“He was hit by a car when he was 11 and suffered a traumatic brain injury,” Mr Burgess said.

“He remains in a substantial amount of pain and that is why he was using the cannabis.”

The barrister said Harris had bought the car only a short time before the crash and he had no criminal history.

He also pointed out Harris's previous crash should have reminded him “how careful one needs to be when getting behind the wheel”.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said she took the defendant's lack of history, plea of guilty and young age into consideration in her sentence.

She placed him on a four-month, $150 recognisance, disqualified him from driving for three months and fined him $420 for unlicensed and drink driving, $320 for driving an unregistered vehicle and $500 for driving uninsured.



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