Teen faces court after crashing stolen car at 120km/h
UNABLE to keep his eyes open any longer, a Rockhampton teenager lost control of a stolen car travelling at 120kph on the Bruce Highway.
The Prado veered on to the wrong side of the road, hitting a guard rail and flipping a number of times before coming to rest.
The car's passengers - a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl - weren't wearing their seatbelts.
The male passenger suffered severe chest injuries, while the girl somehow escaped unharmed.
After flagging down a car to take the injured boy to meet an ambulance, the remaining pair hitched a ride to Mackay.
But it didn't end there.
The 17-year-old driver, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful use of a motorvehicle and one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle occasioning grievous bodily harm in the Children's Court of Rockhampton on Thursday.
Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said the Prado was taken from a North Rockhampton home just after midnight on April 21 last year.
The court heard the defendant ended up behind the wheel with the two young passengers.
All had been drinking earlier that night.
Mr Phillips said the boy had been driving at 180kph, but dropped back to 120kph because he was feeling tired.
The day after the accident, the boy stole a Hilux ute from Sarina and drove it back to Rockhampton.
The court heard the boy picked up three other people.
After "cruising around" the city for awhile, the boy collided with the rear of another vehicle near the Fitzroy Bridge.
He reversed and drove away - all the way to Emerald.
The court heard the defendant and his passengers grabbed some paint and glue while they were there.
Then they made their way to Blackwater where they inhaled the substances and were eventually caught by police
Mr Phillips said the defendant had a substantial criminal history.
Defence lawyer Ross LoMonaco explained his client had a dysfuncitonal upbringing and said the boy was "genuinely sorry".
"I'd like to hope he is learning his lesson," he said.
However, Judge Brad Farr said his behaviour demonstrated a complete disregard for the law and the safety of others.
The boy was sentenced to 18 months detention, to be released after serving 10 months and disqualified from holding a driver's license for five years.