Joshua Snell was disqualified from driving for five months after fronting Caloundra Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Joshua Snell was disqualified from driving for five months after fronting Caloundra Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Meth rider snaps arm after mistaking fence for exit

A drug driver with homemade cardboard plates snapped his arm in three places after he mistook temporary fencing for an exit, a court heard.

Joshua Gary Snell, 31 was caught with two drugs in his system after being taken to hospital for a traffic crash.

Police prosecutor Rebecca Lambert told Caloundra Magistrates Court witnesses reported a motorbike rider crash into temporary fencing on April 23 at Palmview.

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Police and paramedics attended the scene and found that the motorbike's plates were made of cardboard.

"The defendant was unable to be located, however a short time later police were notified that the defendant had been transported to hospital," Senior Constable Lambert said.

"He said he was riding southbound on the highway, went to take what he thought was an exit, saw that the exit was actually fencing and attempted to stop.

"He was unable to stop in time and struck the fencing and broke his arm."

A specimen of blood was taken and showed Snell had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system.

Snell's lawyer Jacob Pruden told the court Snell had an unenviable driving history.

"However, he had punished himself to a large extent as a result of what occurred on that occasion," he said.

"He snapped his arm in three places and he's only just finished rehabilitation for that."

Mr Pruden said Snell was trying to get his life back together and tackle his drug problem.

"He says he started using when some of the people he had worked with in his plastering businesses had some of it," he said.

"He started using and it got out of control after that."

The court heard Snell had started another plastering business.

Snell pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court on Wednesday to multiple charges, including drug driving and driving unlicensed.

"Now tell me, what's the going rate for cardboard number plates these days?" asked magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist.

Snell told the court he made them himself.

He was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for five months.

Convictions were recorded.


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