Speeding drink driver’s brush with death after dramatic Dalby crash
A HEAVILY intoxicated Dalby driver was lucky to escape with his life after he smashed into a tree along Drayton St near KFC.
Boe-Brady Lamb faced Dalby Magistrates Court charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected, and driving under the influence liquor on September 1.
Lamb’s wild ride through town came to a dramatic end about 6.45pm, when police heard the sound of screeching tyres and a collision on Drayton St.
Dalby police found the written off silver Holden sedan on the western side of the street, and detected the strong smell of liquor from Lamb.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana said the defendant told police he had been drinking earlier in the evening, with a blood test returning a reading of 0.174.
Speaking to witnesses at the scene, the court heard they saw Lamb travelling at speed south on Pratten St before turning right into Drayton St, where he accelerated heavily and lost control, crashing into the tree.
“They also stated they observed the vehicle hooning around the area beforehand and revving its engine, and spinning its tyres,” senior constable Tahana said.
“Police observed marks on the road that indicated the car had swerved from the second lane of Drayton St into the tree.”
Solicitor Claire Graham said the 23-year-old had been consuming spirits before the crash, and was instructed by Lamb that there was no real reason for why he was behind the wheel.
The court heard he broke his leg due to the crash, while simultaneously writing off his $6,000 car in the process.
Magistrate Tracy Mossop told Lamb he could’ve been a paraplegic, quadriplegic, or dead, because of his behaviour.
“You could’ve caused that to somebody else, it’s dangerous conduct, and that’s why you’re pleading guilty to it,” she said.
“It wasn’t late at night, so there was plenty of people around who witnessed what you were doing, that in itself is concerning.”
Lamb pleaded guilty and was fined $1000 for dangerously operating a vehicle while adversely affected.
He was then disqualified from driving for six months.
For driving under the influence of liquor, he was fined $800, and disqualified from driving for six months.
Convictions weren’t recorded.