Truckie on 'cocktail of drugs' when he crashed on Bruce Hwy
A TRUCK driver who crashed his rig on the Bruce Highway with a "cocktail of drugs" in his system told police officers he swerved to dodge a kangaroo.
But drivers had already phoned police about Scott James Price's erratic driving, concerned his truck was drifting all over the road and crossing double lines.
The 43-year-old underwent police blood and saliva testing after the crash about six kilometres south of Bloomsbury and was found to have methamphetamines (ice) and amphetamines in his system.
The events of September 30 last year landed Price in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday.
The North Mackay man, who did not have a lawyer, pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were present in blood or saliva.
Prosecutor Sheena Hayes told the court Price crashed the medium rigid truck while travelling north about 10.35am on the day.
One driver following the truck reported Price "swerving all over the road left and right" and "crossing the centre line multiple times", while "speeding up and then slowing down continually".
Ms Hayes said when the driver tried to overtake, they noticed Price "bouncing up and down holding the steering wheel and moving his arms up and down as well".
The driver was forced to "abort" the overtaking manoeuvre when the truck began "veering" into their lane.
The witness backed off, but soon came across the scene of the crash, in which the truck had "left the road and rolled down a culvert".
Police attended and Price told them he had "swerved to avoid a kangaroo on the road", but a witness told police Price admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.
Ms Hayes noted Price had a previous drug driving offence on his criminal record.
Price told Magistrate Damien Dwyer he disputed a witness' estimate he travelled up to 120kmh, and said the truck was unable to reach such a speed.
However, Price wanted the matter finalised.
Mr Dwyer criticised Price for driving on a "cocktail of drugs" and described him as "a danger to everyone else on the roads".
Considering an early plea, Price was disqualified from driving for a year and fined $1300