Joshua Luke Moras faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court after he left the scene of a crash he was involved in. Photo: Social Media
Joshua Luke Moras faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court after he left the scene of a crash he was involved in. Photo: Social Media

CITIZENS ARREST: Man nabbed by members of public after crash

A man with an "appalling" history has received a suspended sentence after he left the scene of a crash he was involved in.

Joshua Luke Moras, 30, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday to a number of offences including failing to remain at the scene of an incident and driving without due care and attention.

He appeared by videolink from prison after he was taken into custody after the incident.

The court heard Moras was involved in a crash on Svensson St at Svensson Heights on December 6.

The car Moras was driving was unregistered, uninsured and had number plated that were registered to another car.

He was also on a learner's licence at the time and didn't have a supervisor or L plates displayed.

Moras went through a give-way sign and crashed into a car which was trying to get past, before he left the scene.

The court heard members of the public pursued and apprehended Moras until police arrived and spoke with him.

At the time, Moras was subject to district court parole for other offences.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland told the court what aggravated the offence was the fact Moras was on parole.

She said Moras had an "appalling" criminal history but accepted the offences on his record were different to the ones he was in court for.

The court heard Moras had been in custody since early December, however did not have any declarable time because he was in on another sentence.

Moras' lawyer Gavin James told the court his client's plea came at an early opportunity.

Mr James said Moras had received a call from his sister and "took it upon himself" to go there.

He said Moras reached the busy intersection and rolled through knowing there was another car parked adjacent to a shop obstructing his view.

Mr James said when Moras hit the victim's vehicle he panicked knowing he was on parole and left.

Mr James told the court Moras had children who were living in NSW and was hopeful to see them around Christmas but wasn't able to due to covid restrictions.

Moras was sentenced to two months imprisonment which was wholly suspended for a period of 18 months.

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