Joyriders pay for New Year's stunt
A DRUNKEN New Year’s Eve joyride by two P-platers has finished up being nothing to celebrate after they were convicted in the Warwick Magistrates Court.
Jessie Grant Ollerton, 19, and his motoring enthusiast mate Ryan Adrian Donovan, 18, were both intoxicated and speeding when they wrecked their cars after smashing through railway barricades on Willi Street just before 10pm on December 31.
The hapless pair also interrupted New Year’s Eve for about 1200 households who lost power thanks to Ollerton collecting a power pole with his Corolla sedan as it careered out of control.
Supply was restored just after 11pm.
The co-defendants stood next to each other in the courtroom on Monday as Magistrate Anne Thacker heard they were lucky to get out of the disaster alive.
The court was told Donovan, who was in front in his Falcon sedan as the pair did 85kmh on a rain-soaked Willi Street, was the first to lose control and hit the fence, followed seconds later by Ollerton who went down an embankment and across the railway line.
They fled the scene on foot but were located a short time after and charged with drink driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, charges to which they pleaded guilty this week.
They were taken to hospital on New Year’s Eve and treated for minor injuries.
Their revhead stupidity has proven expensive, with both in debt for their written-off cars to the tune of about $8000 each, with no hope of their insurance picking up the tab.
They will both be further out of pocket, having each been sent a bill from Ergon Energy for $2700, with Queensland Rail apparently still adding up their own damage bill.
But their financial pain doesn’t end there, with Ms Thacker fining Ollerton, who blew .063, a total of $900 and disqualifying him from driving for two years.
Donovan, who blew higher at .14, was fined a total of $1400 and banned him from the road for 27 months.
Ms Thacker told the pair they were paying “a high price for a terrible mistake, but at least you are still here for us to be able to speak sternly to you”.