News

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.

Topics:  bruce hwy crash stolen car



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Vape store 'raided by health department'

NEW SIGNS: Shane Kerrigan has changed his signage to comply with health department regulations at his e-cigarette shop, iVape, on Bourbong St.

Business owner says it's a little bit ironic

Bennett calls for reinstating of dental vouchers

An MP has called for dental vouchers to be brought back to help people in smaller communities.

MP says regional communities disadvantaged

Local Partners

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

OWNERS of icon Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld want to super-size the site with accommodation and entertainment to turn it into Australia’s Disneyland.

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

Janet’s back in the ring

Marta Dusseldorp returns in season three of the TV series Janet King.

Season three of ABC's legal drama delves deeper than ever before.

Game of Thrones drops new trailer for season 7

Game of Thrones fans have been given a new trailer for season 7.

Fans are finally getting a full-throttled peak at season seven.

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!