P-Plate driver 'zoned out' before crashing into horse float

A P-PLATER who veered onto the wrong side of a highway and crashed at high-speed into a horse float has walked free from court.

Luke Nelson Hughes, 19, pleaded guilty on Friday in Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving without due care or attention.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick told the court Hughes was driving along the Cunningham Highway on September 6, 2015 near Silverdale when he veered into oncoming traffic.

Sgt. Dick said Hughes's car crashed into the side of a horse float resulting in two wheels being ripped off.

Hughes's car was written off in the crash.

The horse being transported in the float sustained head injuries but has since recovered.

Sgt. Dick said police seized Hughes's vehicle to check it for any defects but found none.

The court heard Hughes's told officer he had 'zoned out or blacked out' and does not have any recollection of the lead up to the crash.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess fined Hughes $600 and stripped him of four demerit points.

No conviction was recorded.


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