Crash could have had serious consequences
WHEN a Ford Falcon carrying four people and a dog smashed into a traffic light post at high speed on Christmas Day, the results could have been horrific.
Witnesses allegedly saw the car speeding past the showgrounds towards the centre of Kingaroy at 7.30pm on Thursday before the driver lost control at the intersection of Youngman and Avoca Sts and smashed headlong into a light post.
Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said the collision snapped the pole off and sent it flying down the road.
"This accident could easily have resulted in fatalities," he said.
"The vehicle was extensively damaged and is beyond repair.
"Witnesses unknown to each other verified it was travelling at incredible speed."
The 18-year-old driver allegedly fled the scene but was caught after a foot chase through the showgrounds.
Police allege the man had been drink driving and was unlicensed.
His car was allegedly unregistered, uninsured, fitted with false number plates and defective.
The man was also charged with driving without due care and attention and obstructing police.
The crash left the traffic lights at the intersection out until Monday.
It was one of three serious accidents since Christmas, and one of six in December that Snr Sgt Frank said could have ended in death.
"We're not having cars running into each other, they're single-vehicle crashes," he said.
"The causal factors are speed and alcohol, and drivers are driving poorly.
"We've had a number of crashes with vehicles rolling off the highway over the Christmas period. It's just luck people were not killed.