A 23-year-old man is banned from driving for life after being disqualified 16 times and nearly dying when he crashed into a tree while high on methamphetamine
- Queensland man banned from driving for life after being disqualified 16 times
- Keith Middleton, 23, has been jailed 13 times after a series of traffic offenses
- Motorist left in a coma with severe head injuries for weeks after a major accident
- The judge said he needed to understand that having a license was a privilege, not a right.
An Australian man has been banned from driving a car for the rest of his life after amassing a horrendous record that includes having his license disqualified 16 times and nearly dying while high on methamphetamine behind the wheel.
Keith Norman Middleton, 23, will never be able to legally drive again after an unimpressed magistrate read his extensive criminal record in a Queensland court on Friday.
the Southern Burnett Hours reported that Middleton pleaded guilty to a series of offenses including driving an unregistered vehicle while disqualified, dangerous driving under the influence of drugs, possession of dangerous drugs and utensils, and four other counts as of July 2, 2021. .
Middleton appeared via video link from prison at Murgon Magistrates Court on Friday, and was told by magistrate Michael Holohan that he was high on methamphetamine when he swerved into the opposite lane and crashed into a tree last year. .
Keith Norman Middleton, 23, (pictured) will never get behind the wheel again after a list of his far-reaching traffic offenses was read out at Murgon Magistrates Court
Middleton, from the town of Nanango, some 150km northwest of Brisbane, was driving on the Bunya Highway towards Wondai when he cut into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the court reportedly heard.
Magistrate Michael Holohan said Middleton (pictured) needed to show the community that he deserved to have a license
Police prosecutor Barry Stevens reportedly told the court that Middleton had crossed the line into the path of an oncoming vehicle, before rushing back onto the gravel shoulder.
Another driver told police that Middleton appeared to be “almost asleep” at the time, the court was told.
Middleton swerved into the path of another car and then again, sideways, against a tree, listened to the court.
Middleton was removed from the vehicle by first responders and rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in critical condition.
He suffered severe brain injuries and remained in a coma for weeks.
In addition to his terrible driving record and devastating accident, Middleton has reportedly been jailed 13 times and charged with a host of other crimes.
The prosecutor said his record for moving violations was the worst he had ever seen and that Middleton needed to show the community that he deserved the privilege of having a license.
According to the Times, defense attorney Jay Rose said his client had been taking methamphetamine every day at the time of the accident and had always had trouble holding down a job. He also completed a drug and alcohol course, the court was told.
Judge Michael Holohan banned the 23-year-old from driving for life and sentenced him to 18 months in prison.
Queensland courts have discretion over how long they disqualify drivers who are convicted of driving dangerously, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, depending on the severity of the offense and a person’s driving history.