Collision sparked driver search
CHARLES Beavis sparked an expensive rescue operation on January 15 when police couldn't locate one of two drivers involved in a crash on Sandy Creek Bridge.
Police, the State Emergency Service and RACQ-CQ Rescue conducted the search after the collision at 3.40am.
The CQ Rescue chopper spotted the driver, identified as Beavis, about 8.45am in a nearby cane field, 500 metres west of the Sandy Creek Bridge at Balberra.
Beavis pleaded guilty on Friday to drink-driving and driving without due care and attention.
Prosecutor Bimal Raut told the court Beavis' vehicle had drifted onto the wrong side of the road and side-swiped a second vehicle travelling in the opposite direction on the Bruce Hwy, causing it to spin.
Beavis' vehicle crashed over an embankment and came to rest near Sandy Creek, Mr Raut said.
Police originally were concerned Beavis had fallen in or tried to swim across the creek after the collision.
The 25-year-old had faced two previous drink-driving charges, 0.113 in 2009 and 0.153 in 2007.
Antoinette Morton, of Morton Lawyers, represented Beavis.
She said he had co-operated from the beginning, speaking with officers while in hospital after the crash.
Beavis had no previous driving without due care history, Ms Morton said.
After the crash he became disorientated, moved away from the vehicle and collapsed.
Beavis was remanded in custody over the weekend.
He will be sentenced today.