Dramatic footage shows a speeding car flying through the air and destroying a petrol pump before the driver admits he was drunk and ’caused’ the crash.
The car sped through a red light and smashed into another car on Paradise Road in Slacks Creek, south of Brisbane, at 1.45am on December 19.
The high-speed collision caused it to slide sideways and clip the kerb, flinging the car into the air into the bowser – shattering it into pieces.
Police bodycam video showed the man admitting the crash was his fault as he stood by the side of the road in the aftermath.
‘I caused it,’ he told Acting Sergeant Emma Wardlaw when she asked how he was involved in the crash
‘You caused it? You caused the crash?’ the incredulous policewoman replied. He confirmed: ‘I was driving, yes.’
‘How has this crash been caused?’ she asked him, to which he admitted ‘cos I was drinking’.
The 32-year-old then recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.225, almost five times the legal limit, and was arrested.
The man pleaded guilty in Beenleigh Magistrates Court to driving unlicensed and dangerous driving while intoxicated.
He was sentenced to six months’ jail, suspended for two years, and disqualified for driving for 12 months.
Sergeant Wardlaw said it was unbelievable no one was seriously injured or killed in the horrifying crash.
‘The consequences of drink driving can be catastrophic and it is by sheer luck no one was seriously injured or killed as a result of this crash,’ she said.
‘I’ve seen many drink drivers involved in traffic crashes and sadly quite often it is innocent motorists who have suffered as a result.
‘The message is clear – if you are going to be drinking, do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle and put everyone at risk.’