'Foolish': Drink driver crashes mate's car into pole
OIL splatters left an easy trail for Gladstone police, leading officers from a damaged power pole to a badly dented Holden Commodore in the yard of a house down the street.
Samuel Kurtin was there with a mate and admitted to police he was driving his mate's car when it struck the pole on Lord St at 1am on their way home after a night out clubbing.
Kurtin, 19, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to drink driving on Friday, September 16, while a provisional driver.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said Kurtin had an alcohol reading of 0.103.
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Mr Reece said car debris and oil was left on the road and the Commodore received damage to its left side.
Kurtin told officers he had about five schooner glasses and spirits at MiePlace.
Lawyer Stacey O'Gorman said it was his friend's car but, after his friend lost his keys at the hotel, the pair walked home and got a spare set of keys.
It was decided to move the car as his friend was worried about leaving it there and they walked back.
"He initially declined to drive but was persuaded by his friend to drive," Ms O'Gorman said.
"There was an accident and the boys pushed the vehicle home."
Ms O'Gorman said the father of one of the men was telephoned about what to do and someone also contacted police, who followed the oil to the house.
"His friend is not pursuing damages as he persuaded him (to drive)," she said.
"But there may be a bill coming for the power pole."
Ms O'Gorman said he could pay a fine from his savings and he was now riding his push bike.
Magistrate Melanie Ho told Kurtin he had made a "very foolish" decision to drive and he was very fortunate no one was injured.
Kurtin was fined $650 and disqualified from driving for five months. A conviction was recorded.