Youngster lucky to escape crash

IT WAS a costly reality check for teenage drink-driver Patrick Dawson when he lost control of his car in Lismore and crunched into the rear of a parked car, shunting it forward into a second parked car.

His car then careered into a fence.

Dawson, 18, of Tuckombil, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to mid-range drink-driving (0.145) inGoonellabah at 1.48 am on April 30; and to a charge of driving an unregistered vehicle.

The tiler told police he drank ‘five or six’ Jack Daniels and Coke at a Lismore hotel driving that night.

As he drove east along Ballina Road near Kadina Street, Dawson lost control of his car, which mounted a kerb and collided with the parked car, pushing that car forward into the rear of the second parked car. Dawson’s dented car ended up in a fence.

At the time of the offence his car registration had been cancelled eight weeks before as a result of an RTA fine default notice.

Dawson has since completed a Lismore PCYC Traffic Offenders Intervention Program.

Magistrate Robyn Denes convicted and fined Dawson $500 on the drink-driving offence and disqualified him from driving for nine months, from the date of the offence. He was given a good behaviour bond for the offence of driving an unregistered vehicle.



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