Motorist ploughs into oval

A MAN ploughed his car into a school field and fled on foot when attempts to ram open a gate failed, a court heard.

Ronald Lindsay Vidler appeared in Warwick Magistrates on Tuesday, where it was heard he crashed his green Commodore into signs and fences at The Scots PGC College after becoming "disoriented".

The incident was at night time and no students were at the field.

A Scots PGC College employee arrived at work on the morning of February 24 to discover the crashed car still on the field and damage to the fence.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve de Lissa said it was believed Vidler mounted a traffic island, took out two signs and travelled a further 300m before knocking out surveyors' pegs.

The car is believed to have narrowly missed a power pole, before hitting the fence and sliding into the field.

Snr Const de Lissa said Vidler attempted to remove his damaged vehicle from the field by ramming two different gates.

When these attempts proved fruitless, the 39-year-old abandoned his car and fled the scene.

Vidler denied any recollection of the accident when spoken to by police and taken to the scene the following day.

Defence counsel Phillip Crook said Vidler had consumed a couple of beers on the night of the crash but was on medication, which was the likely cause of his forgetfulness.

Mr Crook said his client was not without punishment following the ordeal, with his $5000 car having been written off.

Vidler pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop at the scene of an incident.

He was fined $750, which included $480 in restitution for the two signs he damaged.

No restitution was ordered to be paid to the school, as no quote to repair the damage was tendered to the court.

Topics:  police, ram raid, school, warwick magistrates court



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