Driver rams car off road at speed, says he can't recall why
AN innocent driver going about their day-to-day business was rammed off the road at high speed by a drug-affected Slade Point man in a bizarre case of unexplained road rage.
Todd John Williams, 35, was found "drug-affected" in his car with "no recollection" after he collided with the rear of a vehicle he had been tailing aggressively in a 100km/h zone.
The victim's vehicle was sent careening off the road, Mackay Magistrates Court was told yesterday.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer struggled to comprehend what exactly drove Williams to the "very serious behaviour".
"It's just so odd what he did," the long-serving magistrate exclaimed, asking Williams' defence solicitor Aaron Sellentin what his client had been thinking at the time.
Mr Sellentin, of Barron & Allen Lawyers, said Williams was unable to explain what led to the incident, only remembering he had come to "drug-affected" inside his vehicle.
Williams fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, after pleading guilty to dangerous operation while affected by an intoxicating substance, which occurred on December 26, 2016 on the Bruce Highway in the Mackay region.
He also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, two counts of driving without a licence and contravening police, possessing drugs and seven counts of breaching bail.
Williams' sentence had been held off to give the prosecution and defence time to prepare arguments regarding precedent cases, and the similarity of Williams' offending.
During discussions, Mr Dwyer detailed Williams' offending. "This instance, the defendant was driving at a speed of 100km/h and he approached them four times - four times - at high speed," he said.
"On the first three times, almost colliding with the back of their vehicle, and on the fourth time colliding with it and forcing it to have an accident off the side of the road.
"Is there any reason? Did he know these people? ... They were going in the opposite direction and he pulled out, he's done a u-turn and followed them and committed the offence. Any reason?"
Williams was found "drug-affected" with "no recollection" in his car, Mr Sellentin had been told.
Mr Dwyer emphasised "it could have been any of us driving along" and added "it's not like there was an incident at an intersection or anything".
Williams has no criminal record prior to the dangerous operation, but his traffic history covered four pages, prosecutor Nathaniel Gillis said..
Mr Dwyer adjourned Williams' sentence to July 13,