Drunk driver leaves ‘trail of destruction’ in Airlie Beach
A DRIVER left a "trail of destruction" in Airlie Beach when he drove drunk and smashed into parked cars then crashed his own.
Suwat Karimram was so intoxicated he was found unconscious in the car when police arrived at the scene.
Magistrate James Morton told the 22-year-old man he could have taken someone's life on the road that night.
"It's young people like you that cause catastrophic outcomes," Mr Morton said.
"I'm going to take you off the road for quite a while."
Karimram learned his fate at Proserpine Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to five charges including driving without due care and attention, drink-driving and failing to stop at a crash.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe said police were called to a crash near the intersection of Beach Rd and Coral Esplanade about 2am on October 10.
Sen-Constable Rowe said members of the public were giving first aid to Karimram, who was in the driver's seat of the vehicle that had left the road and come to rest in a garden bed.
The court heard there was no one else in the car but Karimram was unconscious and had cuts on his head when police arrived.
There were also deep gouges on the passenger side of the car.
Sen-Constable Rowe said Karimram was taken to Proserpine Hospital and later found to have a blood alcohol reading of 0.148.
The next morning, police received calls about two cars that had been damaged on Golden Orchid Drive, almost four kilometres from where Karimram crashed his car.
Sen-Constable Rowe said one of the vehicles had been hit so hard it was pushed about one metre into a garden bed, while another had a damaged wing mirror.
"A witness heard a loud bang and saw a ute hit another white ute up the street," she said.
Karimram told Mr Morton he had been out drinking with friends but his behaviour was out of character and he felt bad about what happened.
The 22-year-old cabinet maker said he was born in Thailand but had lived half his life in Australia.
Mr Morton stressed the seriousness of the offences to Karimram, saying he left a "trail of destruction".
"You are so lucky that you have not run somebody over or killed somebody or yourself," Mr Morton said.
"You're not even in control of the car, you're not even conscious when authorities turn up."
Karimram was fined a total of $2482 and disqualified from driving for 10 months.
Convictions were recorded.