P-plater suffered 'punctured skull and hole in his brain'
A HAMPDEN labourer has paid a steep price for drink driving four times over the legal alcohol limit while on his red P-plates.
Timothy George Ormonde's Holden ute slammed into a power pole on Walkerston-Homebush Rd at Homebush while he was behind the wheel on August 13
Ormonde, whose blood registered 0.206 per cent BAC after the crash, was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries, including "a punctured skull and puncture hole in his brain".
On December 20, the 23-year-old faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to driving under the influence of liquor.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine said police were called to the crash on August 13, in which the ute "left the roadway and struck a power pole".
"Police observed the defendant was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle," he said.
" ... blood was taken for analysis. A certificate was later issued with a result of 0.206 per cent - that's four times the legal limit, your honour."
Defence solicitor Catherine Luck, of Taylors Solicitors, said Ormonde "has very little recollection of these events".
"He was in a coma following the event for approximately a month," she said.
Ms Luck said Ormonde had been experiencing relationship difficulties and allegedly decided to have some drinks before hitting the road.
After the crash, Ormonde, who continues to undergo treatment and cannot drive, had to "learn to walk again", his "memory was affected" and he lived with "damage to his optical nerve".
Ms Luck said it was lucky no other person was caught up in the crash, which resulted in Ormonde losing his job and experiencing financial difficulties.
Considering the circumstances, Mr Dwyer said Ormonde was "lucky to be with us".
He took into account an early plea, fined Ormonde $2360 and disqualified his licence for 14 months.