Meat pie was man’s undoing after he lied about car crash

A MEAT pie was the undoing of Eden Curtis Bell's story about a phantom driver who crashed his ute.

He'd been driving home after a party at a mate's house and crashed his vehicle into a parked car on Broadsound Rd about 5.35am on August 23 this year, severely damaging both vehicles.

Bell had initially attempted to flee the scene by running into a nearby cane paddock, prosecutor Michael Ball said.

He was stopped by nearby residents who made a citizen's arrest and brought him back to the site to wait for police.

Bell denied driving the ute and said a friend had been behind the wheel while he'd been laying in the ute's tray, Mr Ball said.

Witnesses told police they didn't see anyone else leave the scene.

Inside the ute police noticed tomato sauce smears on the steering wheel and Bell admitted to buying a pie that night, so they canvassed nearby servos to see if Bell had stopped to get a meat pie.

CCTV footage showed him stopped at a Coles service station and driving off, he was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Bell, 30 of Sarina, pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrates Court to high-range drink-driving. His blood alcohol reading was 0.2%.

Duty solicitor Rosemary Varley, of Morton Lawyers, said Bell didn't intend to lie to police, he just had "no recollection of driving".

Bell had another high-range drink-driving offence in 2006.

He was fined $2120 and disqualified from driving for 16 months.



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