Truck driver in two vehicle accident had drugs in his system

THE driver of a car was left with serious spinal injuries after a truck crashed into it on the Bruce Highway near Raglan on March 6.

The driver of the truck, Justin Matthew Quartly, appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday charged with driving while a drug was found in a blood test.

The court heard how a delivery truck driven by Quartly had run off the highway, came back on, hit a guard rail and then crashed into a southbound car.

Quartly told police he could not remember anything about the drive after turning onto the Gladstone Mt Larcom Road on his way to Rockhampton.

A blood test showed that his blood contained 0.03 grams of methylamphetamine.

Quartly told the court that he had not taken drugs that day, nor the day prior, so the remanent of the drug must have been from two days before the crash.

A search of Quartly's truck found a pipe which had been used to smoke drugs.

Magistrate Penelope Hay fined Quartly $800 and disqualified him from driving for two months.

"You committed a series of offences which had serious consequences for you and for the driver of the other vehicle," she said.