Driver on drugs in head-on smash

THE effects of indulging in amphetamines and not getting enough sleep almost proved fatal for a local dad.

Ryan Gordon Matthew Wolter, 24, of Richlands, admitted to having drugs in his system when he was involved in a head-on collision at Teviot Rd, Greenbank on April 4 this year.

Ipswich Magistrates Court hear Wolter had to be taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment of his injuries, however he was extremely lucky that neither he nor the other party involved sustained any lasting negative impact.

Wolter will feel some pain in his pocket, however, with Magistrate Stuart Shearer issuing a hefty fine and licence disqualification.

Prosecutor Sgt Brad Dick said Wolter veered onto the incorrect side of the road, causing the crash earlier this year.

Subsequent tests revealed amphetamine and methylamphetamine present at the time.

Though it was not alleged Wolter was actually under the influence of those substances when the crash happened, he later told police he'd been up for a few days and was exhausted.

He said he may have slipped into a microsleep before crossing onto the wrong side of the road.

An apologetic Wolter pleaded guilty to several charges, including driving without due care and attention, driving with a drug present in his system, driving while SPER suspended and an unrelated charge of receiving tainted property.

"There is no justification for my actions," Wolter told the Magistrate.

"I have recently become a father and I realise this is no way to live."

Mr Shearer told Wolter his actions could have easily proven deadly.

"You and the other driver could have ended up dead because of you," he said.

Wolter was fined $2000 and disqualified for separate periods of three months, six months and six months for each of the driving offences.

QT's name and shame: This week's drink drivers

  • Scott Douglas Gabb, 38, of Ellen Grove, has been placed on a restricted licence after admitting to driving while a drug was in his system. Gabb was pulled over for a test at Raceview on June 30 this year.
  • Tracey Lee O'Donoghue, 47 of Grandchester was placed on a restricted licence after admitting to driving over general alcohol limit on Grandchester-Mt Mort Rd on July 2.
  • Cherylee Macpherson, 35, of Springfield Lakes, was fined $840 and disqualified for six months after admitting to driving while under the influence of liquor. Macpherson was pulled over on the Centenary Highway on September 3.
  • Samuel Edward Johnson was disqualified for one month and fined $300 after admitting to driving while a drug was present in his system. Johnson was pulled over at Boundary Rd, Carole Park on August 18.
  • Travis John Gordon was fined $900 and disqualified for nine months after admitting to driving over the middle alcohol limit. The 34-year-old from Tivoli was pulled over while driving on East St, Ipswich on August 22.
  • Arthur John Graham, 31, from Silkstone was fined $1000 and disqualified for a year after admitting to driving while under the influence of liquor at Booval on August 27.
  • Benjamin John Stainforth, 25, from Bellbird Park pleaded guilty to driving while over the general alcohol limit. He was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for one month.
  • Keith Robert Lawrence Wason, 28, from Underwood, was fined $1000 and disqualified for 12 months after admitting to driving over the middle alcohol limit at Carole Park on September 6.