Gladstone's 'ice frenzy' driver: 'It's a plea of...'

CRASH driver Tarquin Grott, accused by police of having been in an ice-induced frenzy when he slammed a stolen Mazda into a truck on the Bruce Highway, has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to a passenger, and supplying drugs.

The crash, near Colosseum, 13km south of Miriam Vale on Saturday, March 5, badly injured his passenger and left Grott, 21, with a broken jaw, ribs and sternum.

Three people in a suspected stolen car crashed into a truck on the Bruce Hwy this morning 13km south of Miriam Vale.
Three people in a suspected stolen car crashed into a truck on the Bruce Hwy this morning 13km south of Miriam Vale. RACQ Capricornia Rescue Helicopt

The Gunalda resident (near Gympie) had been driving up and down the Bruce Highway for around 48 hours.

Appearing from jail via video link before Gladstone magistrate Richard Lehmann, Grott pleaded guilty to two different groups of charges.

"It's a plea of guilty, your honour," Grott spoke clearly when asked how he pleaded.

"That is my instructions," lawyer Jun Pepito said, confirming the pleas.

Grott pleaded to dangerous operation of a vehicle by driving through Gin Gin at 127kmh at 10pm on March 4; dangerous operation causing grievous bodily harm in Colosseum at 3.30am on March 5; two counts of stealing fuel in drive-offs at Maryborough south and Gympie; unlawful use of a red Mazda 323; failing to stop for police; supplying cannabis between December 23, 2015 and January 1; and supplying methamphetamine on February 11.

Three people in a suspected stolen car crashed into a truck on the Bruce Hwy this morning 13km south of Miriam Vale.
Three people in a suspected stolen car crashed into a truck on the Bruce Hwy this morning 13km south of Miriam Vale. RACQ Capricornia Rescue Helicopt

At the time of the early morning crash Grott was subject to a night curfew to be at home.

Although a bail application had been signalled to the court, this was not made once Grott's guilty pleas were lodged.

All his matters were adjourned for sentence and will go before the District Court criminal sittings in Gladstone.

However, his matters are likely to then be adjourned to Maryborough to be finalised.


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