An early morning McDonald's run while on meth has landed a Brisbane man in jail after he took a corner one-handed and crashed his car, causing life-threatening injuries to two passengers.
Cale James Cross, 23, walked away “relatively unscathed” from the November 2020 crash that resulted in two out of his three passengers going to hospital with serious injuries including a skull fracture, brain bleed and fractured vertebra.
Appearing in a T-shirt and shorts, he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm while affected by an intoxicant in the Brisbane District Court on Monday.
CCTV footage played before the court showed the car taking a right-hand turn at a T-junction at speed before a collision can be heard off camera.
“The screeching of the tyres speak for themselves as to the lack of control, the excessive speed in the circumstances and of course ultimately the empirical consequences,” Judge John Coker said.
Cross was driving with one hand on the wheel and the car crossed onto the wrong side of the road before slamming into a power pole and a parked truck early on the morning of November 29 in suburban Brisbane, the court was told.
The injuries of both passengers were described as “life-threatening” without treatment, and one spent significant time in intensive care.
Cross was on parole at the time and tested positive for methamphetamine.
He initially tried to blame the crash on loose gravel before admitting it was because of his driving.
In weighing up the sentence, Judge Coker took into account his relatively young age and early guilty plea and, going against him, a history that included instances of driving without a licence.
He sentenced Cross to four years in prison with parole eligibility of March 31, 2022.Internet Explorer Channel Network