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Driver, 23, hit tree and rolled car while reading text

A DRIVER who rolled his car after hitting a tree on a Toowoomba street while texting told police he wanted The Chronicle on the scene so "he could be famous", the city's Magistrates Court has been told.

Thomas James McInnerney was talking on his mobile phone beside his upturned car on Hume St when police arrived about 12.30am, August 12, the court heard.

The 23-year-old admitted to police he had been reading a rather long text message on his phone as he drove, but assured officers he had slowed to read the message, police prosecutor Senior Constable Julia Wheaton told the court.

He had continued to laugh and told police he wanted The Chronicle to attend the scene "so he could be famous", Snr Const. Wheaton said.

McInnerney pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

His solicitor Nick Ware told the court his client had some mental health issues and prior to the incident had drunk a couple of cans of a stimulant soft drink.

The car was not insured and had been written off at a cost to his client who was in the process of setting up a new business, Mr Ware submitted.

Magistrate Damian Carroll was not amused by the incident, reminding McInnerney of the plethora of government advertising warning against driving while text messaging.

"This is a fairly serious case of driving without due care and attention," Mr Carroll said.

"This is a conscious decision to do something wrong."

Mr Carroll fined McInnerney $750 and disqualified him from driving for two months.

Topics:  court crime driving offences texting while driving toowoomba


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