Teen crashes Hilux into Gladstone security fence, flees
JOSHUA Waldon literally took out the front gate of his gated Gecko Valley residential complex when his 4WD struck a metal fence and an electronic entry key pad.
Waldon grabbed some clothes from his townhouse and fled the scene in his damaged vehicle.
He later blamed his foot for causing the crash, saying it got stuck between pedals.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece told Gladstone Magistrates Court that Waldon was driving his white Toyota Hilux which had a bullbar when it collided with a metal guard rail as Waldon turned right from Beezley St into the complex entry.
His 4WD also struck the electronic key pad which was "ripped out of the ground".
Mr Reece said a 10m section of guardrail was broken in several places by the impact.
Waldon had then gone to his townhouse to get clothes then driven way from the crash scene and went to friends.
Police later examined the Hilux and saw it had scratches to the bullbar and a smashed headlight.
"He says his foot got stuck between the pedals and the floor mat," he said.
Waldon, 18, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at 11.40am on April 29; and being the driver of a vehicle in an accident failed to give particulars to the owner of property damaged.
Magistrate Richard Lehmann said Waldon did co-operate later with police and the circumstances of the accident seemed to be result of his driving inexperience and he had simply panicked afterward.
He said Waldon had no criminal or traffic history.
There was no material before the court as to the cost of the damages or whether restitution was sought.
Mr Lehmann fined Waldon $500.