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This Ford Falcon XR8 came to rest in the gardens by the Coolum Caravan Park. Photo: Jo Lymch/scw1044a
This Ford Falcon XR8 came to rest in the gardens by the Coolum Caravan Park. Photo: Jo Lymch/scw1044a

He drove less than 50 metres but somehow the driver of this Ford Falcon XR8 lost control of his vehicle last Friday evening and smashed through a “copper log” barrier, ending up on the footpath next to the Coolum Caravan Park.

One of the logs speared through the rear driver’s-side passenger door.

The driver had taken off from the Coolum hotel driveway and headed south down the David Low Way until he crashed opposite Birtwill Street.

Witnesses were amazed that no one – driver or pedestrians – was injured in the accident, which happened around 5.30pm.

There were no passengers in the car and it was only luck that no one was in the path of the vehicle.

A 36-year-old Coolum man has been charged with drink-driving and with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

He will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court in the next couple of weeks.

His vehicle was impounded for 48 hours.

While not commenting on this particular incident, the officer in charge of Coolum police, Senior Sergeant Hardy Wirth, urged motorists to heed drink-driving warnings.

Sen Sgt Wirth said people should catch a taxi or use a designated driver if they were intending to have a few drinks.

Police are frustrated that their Fatal Four campaign, targeting drink-driving, speeding, failing to wear seatbelts and driving while tired, is being ignored by many motorists.

On Monday morning, a female driver was caught travelling at 156km/h in a a 100km/h zone on the Sunshine Motorway.


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