A four-wheel drive crashed through wall of house in Olive Crt, Pialba during State of Origin III.
A four-wheel drive crashed through wall of house in Olive Crt, Pialba during State of Origin III. Jessica Palmer

Jail for man who crashed into lounge room of Pialba home

A DRUNKEN driver who ploughed his four-wheel-drive through the wall of a Pialba family home was sentenced to four-and-a-half years jail.

Director of Public Prosecutions Crown prosecutor Shauna Rankine said Phillip McKenzie was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected.

Ms Rankine said McKenzie's parole eligibility date was set for January 2015.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay District Court to the offences from July 17.

The court heard the driver was intoxicated when he crashed through the front room of the Palmer family home at 9.10pm during the final State of Origin match this year.

Jason and Jessica Palmer and their nine-month old baby were sitting on their lounge when they were pushed across the room by the impact of the Landrover Discovery slamming into their home.

Palms from the garden outside were punched through the wall and found in the lounge room after the incident.

Neighbour Dakota Smith said at the time the vehicle went so far into the lounge room only about 30cm of it was sticking out of the house.

Police said the woman and infant in the front room of the house in Olive Crt at the time received minor injuries and were taken to Hervey Bay Hospital.

McKenzie was also taken to hospital.



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