Man abandons injured driver
A MAN who left the scene of an accident and abandoned the injured driver of the second car appeared in court yesterday on a drink-driving charge.
Richard Jolley told the court he was having a bad year when he drove his car from the Nimbin Caravan Park headed for Lismore on October 23 last year, but crashed into another car on his way.
He recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.130 after being apprehended by police.
Magistrate R Denes said the accused had already appeared before the court on a negligent driving causing actual bodily harm charge over the same crash.
Mr Jolley represented himself in court yesterday and pleaded guilty to a mid-range drink-driving offence.
He also appeared on an unrelated possession of cannabis offence that occurred in May.
Mr Jolley, from Maroubra in Sydney, said he was staying at the caravan park with his ex-girlfriend when they had a fight and he decided to go to his father's place in Lismore.
He said his mother had died last year, his girlfriend had left him and he was in a lot of financial debt.
“(Cannabis) is the only thing that stops me from thinking about other things and my mum,” he said.
Magistrate Denes said the accused was very lucky he did not kill the other person in the car he crashed into.
Mr Jolley received no drug conviction, but was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond for that offence.
Magistrate Denes said the accused was involved in a very serious incident and he risked going into custody for the PCA offence.
Ms Denes disqualified his licence for 12 months and placed him on a good behaviour bond for 18 months for the PCA offence.