Meatworker crashes car then flees from scene

SHAKEN from a car crash, Thamenthiran Uthayakumar walked away from the scene and asked a friend to drive him home.

But police pulled the pair over as they drove slowly past the scene of the accident.

On Friday, June 5, Uthayakumar, 27, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to drink-driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox said Uthayakumar crashed into a parked car and fence on Thozet Rd at 11.45pm on April 19.

The court heard he left the scene and was later found by police in another car. When breath tested, Uthayakumar returned a reading of 0.112.

Defence solicitor Alita Flannery said Uthayakumar was a permanent Australian resident, but came to the country as an asylum seeker.

Ms Flannery said he left the scene because he was shaken by the crash and had a "traumatic past" with authorities.

Uthayakumar applied for a restricted licence to travel to and from his job at the meatworks.

Ms Flannery said Uthayakumar worked late shifts, finishing at midnight or in the early hours of the morning.

When Magistrate Cameron Press said Uthayakumar could ride a bike, Ms Flannery said he was reluctant to ride at night.

Mr Press said a fear of authority could prohibit Uthayakumar from being granted a restricted licence, with drivers needing to comply with police directions.

He said simply having a job was not reason enough for a restricted licence to be given.

Ms Flannery said Uthayakumar was "deeply remorseful" and would take all steps to comply with road rules in the future.

Uthayakumar was fined a total of $927 and disqualified from driving for six months.

He was granted a restricted licence for work and traffic convictions were recorded.



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