Five cyclists were injured when they were hit by a car along Dalrymple Road at Mount Louisa about 5.40am Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The car involved then left the scene. Photo: Evan Morgan
Five cyclists were injured when they were hit by a car along Dalrymple Road at Mount Louisa about 5.40am Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The car involved then left the scene. Photo: Evan Morgan

Man ‘went home to sleep’ after cyclists mowed down

A man accused of mowing down a group of cyclists was on bail and went home to shower and sleep after the crash, a court has heard.

Mount Louisa man Douglass Laurence Foley, 28, is alleged to have collided with the group of cyclists on Wednesday about 5.40am on Dalrymple Rd, before fleeing the scene.

Foley appeared in the Townsville Magistrates Court today, and had his charges adjourned until tomorrow morning by Acting Magistrate Scott Luxton, who will consider his bail application overnight.

Foley was only granted bail the day before he is alleged to have hit the cyclists, facing several drug possession charges.

Police prosecutor Kellie Mythen strongly opposed bail and said Foley had dumped the car, which belonged to his mother, at the wreckers before going home to shower and sleep after the collision.

"Members of the public are outraged by what has occurred … people are absolutely beside themselves, this is something that has really hit the heart of our community," Ms Mythen said.

Ms Mythen said Foley also lied to police about having called Triple Zero about the crash, with police not finding any evidence of a call made.

"The actions of himself to date, are not of a person who is sorry for what he has done," she said.

Ms Mythen said Foley told police he "panicked" and did not stop as a result.

The court heard a blood sample had been taken from Foley as police suspected he was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.

Defence lawyer Tracy Brown said her client was "extremely upset and remorseful" for the "accident".

The court heard Foley has a three page criminal history and a drug driving offence.

Foley sat in the dock with his eyes downcast and his arms folded throughout his court appearance.

Foley is charged with six offences, including dangerous operation of a vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.


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