Driver charged after car plunge
A P-PLATER who crashed his car into a tree at Bilambil Heights yesterday has been charged with high-range drink driving.
The 17-year-old suffered minor injuries in the crash after losing control of his Ford Laser on a bend at Scenic Drive about 5.40am.
Police said the man was driving south-west along the winding stretch of road and lost control on a right-hand bend.
The car crossed double lines into the wrong lane before the driver panicked and tried to correct it.
“He braked heavily but was unable to control the vehicle,” Sergeant Brad Lewis of Tweed/Byron police said.
“He skidded on the kerb side for a short distance before colliding head-on with a tree.
“After the initial impact, the vehicle slid down an embankment a distance of 25 metres where it came to rest.”
Police, ambulance, firefighters and Tweed District Rescue Squad were called to the scene, but the teenager was able to free himself from the damaged vehicle.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene for minor cuts and abrasions.
Sgt Lewis said the driver was then subjected to a roadside breath test.
“He was subsequently placed under arrest and conveyed to Tweed Heads Police Station,” he said.
“He was charged with high-range PCA.
“After being charged he was allowed to leave the station.”