Disgraceful former Mayor of Logan, Luke Smith, fined by a magistrate for drunk driving crash on the way to KFC
& # 39; That doesn't fly … you're the same as everyone else & # 39 ;: shame mayor is blasted by a magistrate after blaming his drunken accident while on a KFC run & # 39; stress & # 39; did
- Former mayor Luke Smith pleads guilty to drunk driving, driving without due care
- Three times over the limit, drunk with wine when he hit a car, palm tree
- Crash broke off a wheel and ended his drunken journey to the Meadowbrook KFC
- License lost for six months, $ 1000 fine, $ 4500 refund costs
- Former mayor unemployed after Logan full council fired over corruption probe
A former mayor of Queensland turned to alcohol to get fired before getting drunk in a parked car and drinking a tree on his way to KFC, a court has heard.
But a magistrate today rejected Luke Smith's claim that & # 39; stress & # 39; by investigating the corruption watchdog of the state and the media led to his behavior on May 1.
The day the Logan mayor was fired, Smith, drunk with wine, begged $ 4500 for damage to an uninsured car when he plowed into it around 4:30 PM.
He drove fast enough to wipe out the palm tree he had hit. The police later discovered that he had crossed the border three times.
Former Logan Mayor Luke Smith leaves the Beenleigh Magdalenate Court in Logan, Queensland, on Friday. He was fined $ 1000 for drink-driving after he crashed on his way to Meadowbrook KFC last month against a parked car and a tree.
The crash broke the left wheel of his white Honda and tore a tire off his edge, ending his journey to the Meadowbrook KFC.
Smith, a 49-year-old father of three, has a diagnosed alcohol use disorder that was flattered by the stress, his lawyer Nick Dore told Beenleigh Magistrates Court.
& # 39; He is a man who previously held a position within the high-reputation community & # 39 ;, said Mr. Dore Friday.
& # 39; He was just fired from the job. This was after several months of both police and media investigations regarding other allegations.
& # 39; He suffers from an alcohol abuse disorder to deal with stress.
& # 39; If he gets stressed … he tends to return to alcohol. & # 39;
Smith, who is faced with corruption and fraud, was fined $ 1000 after pleading guilty on Friday for drinking and driving without due care and attention.
He was also instructed to pay a $ 4500 refund to the owner of the damaged car and lost his license for six months.
& # 39; Many things like that don't fly. You are the same as everyone else, & magistrate Athol Kennedy said about his apologies.
Smith also admitted that he had breached bail conditions for his corruption charges by drinking before the crash.
Luke Smith wore adventurous sandals and grabbed his paperwork as he left the Beenleigh sentry on May 2, where he spent the night after trying to drive his car to KFC on May 1. He did not want to talk to reporters (video below)
Very embarrassed and repentant, he had had treatment for his alcohol disorder, Mr. Dore said.
But the fact that Smith would probably never be mayor again meant that he probably would never be so stressed, he said.
He remains unemployed after the state government fired the entire Logan council on the basis of a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation involving him and most of the municipal councilors.
He was accused of fraud and misconduct for allegedly pushing a top executive out of her job.
Seven other councilors were also charged.
Smith is also confronted with allegations of official corruption, failure to correct his council of interests and two counts of perjury.
He would have been corruptly agreed to receive a powerboat from a political donor, SKL Cables, to promote the development approval of a Springwood hotel.
Former mayor of Logan Luke Smith never got the drive behind the Meadowbank KFC
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