Truckie denies being on drugs
A WARWICK truck driver who wrapped his rig around a tree last year and whose blood test returned a positive reading for drugs pleaded guilty at the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday.
Truckie Glenn Michael Seibel fronted court yesterday almost 12 months after the incident in which his B-double careered across a gully, tearing the bull-bar off and ripping through a barbed-wire fence into a paddock on the New England Highway five kilometres south of Warwick.
Seibel’s defence counsel said the 41-year-old was on an “express trip” from Sydney to Brisbane and had been allocated 13 hours to arrive at his destination.
They denied Seibel had a drug problem.
“It’s conceded he was using drugs (methamphetamine) on that occasion ... but the drugs were in his blood, not that he was under the influence,” his defence lawyer said.
“He doesn’t know what caused the incident. He spent two days in hospital with head injuries which scarred his face and fractured his spine, which wasn’t picked up until a couple of weeks later.”
The court heard Seibel had about 20 years experience as a truck driver and had never been involved in a “truck incident before”.
His defence urged leniency for the family bread-winner.
“My client is the sole income-earner and has children, but because of his back injury he can’t do heavy labour so (job prospects) are limited without a licence,” the defence said.
At the time of the September 12 incident, Seibel was employed by a Tenterfield trucking company, but Magistrate Anne Thacker questioned the delay in charging the driver and was told blood test results took time to be processed.
“He was charged in late June, that’s a long time after the incident,” Magistrate Thacker said.
“This was a serious accident and you don’t know what caused it.
“You need a radical change of lifestyle.”
Seibel was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for eight months.