Woman in court to see the man who put her in a wheelchair
AN ICE junkie who led police on a wild high-speed chase before crashing into a parked semi-trailer injuring five people has been jailed.
One of the people, a former good friend, is now wheelchair bound.
It was the man's fourth high-speed police pursuit in less than six years.
Raymond James Turner, 29, pleaded guilty on Friday in Ipswich District Court to 19 offences including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while drug affected causing grievous bodily harm stemming from horror crash at Blackstone.
The other offences included drug, fraud, property, dishonesty, driving, traffic and stealing crimes committed between 2011 and 2015.
Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court the horror crash occurred during the early hours of January 7, 2015 on Redbank Plains Rd.
She said Turner had injected ice at least three time throughout the night before getting behind the wheel despite being disqualified from driving absolutely.
"Throughout the evening he gathered five other passengers in his car," she said.
"He came to the attention of police and a pursuit followed which lasted nearly nine kilometres.
"During this time he reached speeds of up to 140km per hour, travelled on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missed two other motorists who were going to work.
"Police deployed stingers, but Turner kept driving for about 500m before he crashed into a parked semi-trailer."
Ms Kelso said passengers in the vehicle urged Turner to slow down but he told them to shut up before asking for another hit of ice from one of the passengers.
She said witnesses said the car got airborne on at least two occasions and told his passengers he was going to get away from police at any cost.
"The affects of the crash on three passengers was life changing," she said.
"Samantha Green was found wrapped around the driver's seat and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
"She remained in a coma for nearly three weeks and in hospital for nearly six months.
"Her injuries were extensive, including a server brain injury which has seen her confined to a wheelchair.
"Another passenger sustained a broken back and ruptured intestine, another sustained severely broken legs and ankles and now walks with a limp."
Ms Kelso said a doctor who took a sample of Turner's blood later in hospital said it was one of the highest drug readings he had seen in 13 years of medical practice. She said Turner refused to be interviewed by police and had not co-operated with their investigation at any stage.
Defence barrister Stephen Kissick said Turner's offending occurred while he was in the grip of severe drug use.
He said Turner was remorseful for his actions and the way his offending had affected so many others.
"He is genuinely remorseful and on each occasion I have met with him in jail he has always asked about Samantha Green's welfare. He says he now has insight into his drug use and the catastrophic affects it has caused.
"He knows it is critical for him to stay away from illicit drug use in the future."
Judge Sarah Bradley was scathing of Turner in sentencing him to six years behind bars.
She declared Turner a serious violent offender which means he must serve at least 80% of the sentence before being eligible to apply for parole. "The affects of your actions have had catastrophic affects on a number of people, especially Samantha Green." she said.
"Her life will never be the same because of your deplorable actions."