Crash blamed on laziness and dirt
A THULIMBAH man has attributed a lack of cleanliness and laziness as being the causes of a blackout which saw his car veer left off a road and smash into a ditch.
Michael Patrick Christopher Boyd, 39, fronted Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without due care and attention resulting from the June 14 accident.
The court heard the single vehicle accident occurred at The Glen shortly after 7pm and resulted in Boyd – who was heard to have an “alternate lifestyle” – being transported to hospital.
Boyd told the court that since the accident he has seen a neurologist and undergone an MRI and cat scan to determine the cause of the blackout that saw him crash into the ditch.
But he said it was his deduction that his personal hygiene and living in conditions that saw him without running hot water, heating or even refrigeration had impacted on his health.
Magistrate Anne Thacker told Boyd this was a “very significant piece of driving” and said it was pure luck his car veered to the left and not to the right and into the path of a busload of children.
Boyd was fined $500 and received a six-month driving disqualification, and when ordered compliantly produced his licence from his bag and surrendered it to the court.