Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith
Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith

'Drunk KFC run' lands mayor in watch house: court

THE bail conditions for suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith will remain unchanged despite him being accused of breaching his previous conditions.

Smith crashed his car while driving to KFC Meadowbrook, in Logan, while under the influence of alcohol, the prosecutor told the court.

As reported by The Courier-Mail earlier, police had alleged Smith mounted a gutter and hit a car and a tree on Eden Lea Drive, Meadowbrook, with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.139 per cent about 5pm yesterday.

The court today heard that when Smith crashed the white Honda CR-V the tyre fell off and he then sat under a tree, where police found him.

Smith did not appear in court today, where Magistrate John Byrne did not increase his bail conditions, instead leaving the existing conditions in place. These include that Smith report to police every Monday and Friday, that he not drive and that he not consume alcohol.

As with most bail conditions Smith can be subjected to a blood-alcohol test at any time.

The case was adjourned until May 23.

 

OVERNIGHT

SUSPENDED Logan mayor Luke Smith spent last night in jail after allegedly breaching his bail conditions, drink-­driving and crashing his car.

Smith, 49, was held at Beenleigh watchhouse last night and faces court today.

Police allege Smith mounted a gutter and hit a car and a tree on Eden Lea Drive, Meadowbrook, with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.139 per cent about 5pm yesterday.

Police said neighbours had tried to stop Smith, who was ordered by the court to live at his father's Meadowbrook property, from driving away.

He was charged with breach of bail, drink-driving and driving without due care and faces Beenleigh Magistrates Court today.

The arrest adds to corruption and fraud charges levelled against Smith, who has said he would defend all charges.

It comes as Logan City Council is expected to be sacked as early as today after all but four councillors were suspended last week in an unprecedented corruption probe.

 

Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith outside his father’s house where he is now living
Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith outside his father’s house where he is now living

 

Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is expected to move on the council after the CCC charged Smith and seven councillors with fraud over the dismissal of the council's chief executive officer Sharon Kelsey.

Smith was suspended last year after being charged with perjury and official corruption over alleged dealings with a major donor and developer.

He was also charged by the CCC with fraud over Ms Kelsey's sacking, alongside councillors Russell Lutton, Steve Swenson, Cherie Dalley, Laurie Smith, Phil Pidgeon, Trevina Schwartz and Jennie Breene.

Cr Stacey McIntosh was also suspended last year as she defends an unrelated fraud charge predating her election.

Mr Hinchliffe sought legal advice last week, including on whether he could use provisions introduced last year to allow him to sack a council if it is in the public interest to do so.

Logan will be the second council to be sacked by the State Government after the dismissal of Ipswich City Council last year in the wake of a corruption probe that led to 16 people being charged, including Mayor Andrew Antoniolli and former mayor Paul Pisasale.

All the councillors who have been charged are expected to defend the accusations.

 

Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith (top left) was charged with fraud by the CCC last week, along with councillors (clockwise from top) Trevina Schwartz, Laurie Smith, Phil Pidgeon, Jennie Breene, Cherie Dalley, Russell Lutton and Steve Swenson.
Suspended Logan mayor Luke Smith (top left) was charged with fraud by the CCC last week, along with councillors (clockwise from top) Trevina Schwartz, Laurie Smith, Phil Pidgeon, Jennie Breene, Cherie Dalley, Russell Lutton and Steve Swenson.


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