Drug driver sparked fear among motorists on highway
AN ALLORA man was heavily affected by prescription drugs when he caused havoc on the highways and narrowly avoided colliding with a number of other cars, a court has heard.
Peter Allan Liesegang appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court this week in relation to the frightening August 31 incident.
Police received several calls from concerned motorists to report an erratic driver and their fears he would cause a serious accident, at about 3pm that day.
The court heard Liesegang repeatedly crossed over to the wrong side of the road and into the path of oncoming traffic before swerving back into the correct lane.
At one point the 53-year-old disability pensioner collided with a traffic sign and several motorists reported having to take evasive action to avoid colliding with Liesegang's vehicle.
An observant motorist recorded the offending vehicle's number plate details, which led police to Liesegang's Allora residence.
When officers spoke with him, they noticed he was unsteady on his feet and placed him under arrest.
On the journey to the watchhouse, Liesegang fell asleep in the car and officers had difficulty rousing him upon arrival at Warwick.
Liesegang told police he had taken the prescription drug Suboxone, which is often used to treat opioid dependency, earlier that day.
Defence counsel for the man told the court his client had a drug problem for about a decade and he was dealing with grief resulting from the death of a close friend.
Liesegang pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for 18 months.
This incident occurred just three weeks before an unrelated accident, in which Berat woman Christine McKay was killed at Allora in similar circumstances.
A 59-year-old man has been charged with six offences as a result of the crash and remains in police custody.
Motorists who observe erratic drivers are urged to phone Policelink for non-emergencies on 131444, or 000 in emergencies.
Alternatively you can phone the Warwick police on 4660 4444.
- It is an offence to drive while affected by prescription drugs
- Prescription drugs are detectable by a blood test
- QLD motorists found guilty of drug driving face up to three months in jail