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Man crashed car into home and drove off

AFTER losing control of his car on a bend near Highfields and crashing through a fence and into a house causing more than $17,000 damage, Benjamin Michael Wale had driven off, Toowoomba Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Wale, 24, had been driving on Bennett St, Kleinton, about 1am, June 6, when his car failed to negotiate a corner, struck the curb and continued up onto the footpath over a power box, through a fence and into the side of a dwelling while the home occupants slept inside.

The car came to rest wedged between a garden bed and the house and Wale had driven back and forth until eventually freeing the car, police prosecutor Senior Constable Des Neijens told the court.

He had then driven back onto the street, fish tailing the car on the wet street surface as he drove off into Sportsman Dr and away, he said.

Wale attended the police station later that day and admitted to the accident, telling police he had waited for a time on the footpath for someone to come out of the house but when no-one did, he had driven away.

Snr Const. Neijens said total cost of damage was $17,818, of which most had been covered by the home owner's insurance but $2000 excess was sought in restitution from the defendant.

Defence solicitor Brad Skuse told the court he expected the insurance company would ultimately be contacting his client.

Wale pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with the duties of a driver involved in a crash to leave particulars.

Noting Wale had no previous criminal history, Magistrate Graham Lee fined him $1150, ordered he make restitution of $2000 and disqualified him from driving for six months.

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