A Jubilee Pocket man did thousands of dollars worth of damaged to a parked car when he crashed into it while drunk. Photo: File
A Jubilee Pocket man did thousands of dollars worth of damaged to a parked car when he crashed into it while drunk. Photo: File

Drunk Whitsunday driver smashes teen’s parked car

More than a dozen Jubilee Pocket residents rushed out to the street after a drunk man sideswiped a parked car, then got back in the vehicle a short time later for "round two".

Darren James Lynch caused the destruction when driving a Ford Falcon along Kingfisher Tce in October.

Police prosecutor Acting Senior Sergeant Jay Merchant told Proserpine Magistrates Court Lynch was the only one in the car when he began driving on the opposite side of the road and sideswiped a parked car.

"The noise of the crash caused 15 residents to spill on to the street to investigate what happened," Sen-Sgt Merchant said.

Both cars were extensively damaged, with the parked vehicle belonging to a 19-year-old woman.

 

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Lynch then sped back into his driveway and got out of the car, but then got back in the vehicle a few minutes later for what Sen-Sgt Merchant dubbed "round two".

The court heard Lynch was driving at speed, revving the engine and swerved over the road.

About 15 residents remained out on the street and witnessed the incident.

"One witness stated she believed that if anyone was on the road he would not hesitate in that state to run them over," Sen-Sgt Merchant said.

When he tried to do a U-turn, he scraped the bottom of his car over a gutter and mounted a kerb.

Sen-Sgt Merchant said Lynch then hit letterbox and narrowly missed a person standing on the street.

Sen-Sgt Merchant told the court a witness labelled the driving as "reckless and dangerous".

A witness called police and when they arrived and Lynch was tested for alcohol, he returned a blood alcohol concentration of 0.133 per cent.

A Jubilee Pocket man was almost three times the legal limit when he smashed into a parked car and letterbox. Photo: File
A Jubilee Pocket man was almost three times the legal limit when he smashed into a parked car and letterbox. Photo: File

Sen-Sgt Merchant said Lynch had two dated entries on his traffic history for drink-driving.

In court last week, Lynch pleaded guilty to four charges including dangerous driving while affected by an intoxicating substance and drink-driving.

Lawyer David Cole, acting for Lynch, said the 49-year-old Jubilee Pocket man had been working some long shifts so tiredness combined with drinking may have contributed to the incident.

Mr Cole told the court Lynch had been to see a doctor but the lawyer had spoken to him about seeing a psychologist to better understand any "underlying issues".

"It's bloody appalling, let's be quite frank," Mr Cole said.

"I would have liked him to engage with a professional to drill down issues that cause him to revert to alcohol.

"What he did do, he didn't do a runner, he sat on the steps and waited for the police to turn up and face the music.

"He's fortunate nobody was injured in the circumstances."

 

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Magistrate James Morton wanted time to consider Lynch's sentence on Monday, so remanded him in custody to appear on Thursday.

Lynch was sentenced to 15 months' jail to be suspended after he served two days in custody, which he had already done in the lead up to his sentence so he was released immediately.

His licence was disqualified for 18 months, he was fined $700 and ordered to pay $3530.45 for the damage he caused.

Convictions were recorded.