News

Pig hunter narrowly avoids head on with truck

A PIG hunter who was driving home from a hunt after midnight narrowly avoided a head-on collision with a truck on the Bruce Hwy after he fell asleep at the wheel.

Tony John Lever, 20, appeared in Rockhampton Magistrate's Court yesterday, where he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Magistrate Jeff Clarke warned him he was lucky to be alive after the accident, where both vehicles were travelling at 100kmh.

Prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court that at 12.28am on January 26 a truck driver had to drive off the highway at Yaamba to avoid a head-on collision with Lever's Nissan patrol after it drifted onto the wrong side of the road.

However, the truck driver's evasive action wasn't enough to completely avoid an accident, with Lever still colliding with the side of the prime mover.

After the crash Lever told police he took responsibility for the crash because he was tired and fatigued.

"He told police he blinked for a second and the truck came out of nowhere," Mr Fox said.

Lever, who represented himself in court, said he needed his license for work, and would lose his livelihood without the ability to drive since he lives by himself in a rural area.

He works as a contractor and also supplies pig meat to the crocodile farm.

He was out hunting for this purpose before the crash.

Mr Clarke said Lever seemed to have a high level of remorse and presented himself well in court.

"Obviously this could have been a particularly tragic incident. You could have been killed," he said.

"It's incredibly dangerous to be travelling while fatigued, especially when travelling at that speed, since it gives you limited time to react.

"The potential for tragedy was very, very high indeed and you're very lucky."

Mr Clarke decided not to disqualify his license, but fined him $900.

"It's in the best interests of the community to keep you as a productive member of society rather than someone who could lose their livelihood," he said.

"Do not drive when you're tired."

Topics:  pig hunters rockhampton magistrate court



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Don't lock up farm land for military base expansion

Australian Army Major Adrian Farrel (left), from Battle Group Waratah, gives fire control orders to his company on a patrol during Exercise Southern Jackaroo/Diamond Sprint 16.

Agforce calls on government to sit down and talk with farmers

Helping farm water to flow

HANDS-ON: Yeppoon's Brendon Rosel has started his own business, Rosel Rural Contracting, working on pumps and irrigation systems across Central Queensland.

Rosel Rural Contracting launches on Cap Coast and CQ.

Anglo American axes jobs in the lead up to Christmas

82 jobs have been axed from the German Creek mine

AMWU claims industrial action against company prompted lay-offs

Local Partners

Rocky police's Guard of Honour for mate at funeral

HE DEDICATED 10 years volunteering for the Queensland Police Service, completing 6419 hours of work, and yesterday, his friends in blue said goodbye.


6000+ flock to CQ Eat St round two

HUGE SUCCESS: More than 6000 people attended the CQ Eat St event at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Saturday night. INSET: Musician Aaron Hamilton.

Thousands flock to Showgrounds for food and markets

Rockhampton plays host to Jackasses

The Jackass boys are coming to Rockhampton for one night only.

They're bring their special brand of self-injuring stunts with them

ACROSS THE REGION

CHRISTMAS SONGS: It's Carols by Candlelight in Emu Park this weekend.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

Ricky Gervais: There's 'no point' marrying Jane Fallon

RICKY Gervais "doesn't see the point" in marrying Jane Fallon.

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!