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Accused ice driver back in rehab after breaching bail

A FORMER Dorroughby man, who crashed while allegedly under the influence of the drug ice and seriously injured a 66-year-old man, has been arrested after breaching his bail.

Police have again accused him of driving while on ice.

Christopher Allen appeared in the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday facing charges including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm while under the influence, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, and not keeping left of a dividing line.

The driving charges related to a serious crash on the Pacific Hwy at Bangalow on December 10 last year.

Allen, 30, told police the crash was caused when he sneezed after smelling "freshly cut" grass.

Four witnesses told police they saw Allen driving a white Nissan Altima south on the highway when he veered over unbroken lines into the northbound lane and collided with a BMW station wagon driven by Armidale man Graham Benton.

Police facts before the court stated the BMW rolled before coming to rest on its wheels, leaving Mr Benton with two fractured ankles.

Mr Benton is now forced to use crutches or a wheelchair to get around.

Allen, who sustained injuries to his lower legs, was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where tests for methamphetamine and cannabis allegedly returned positive results.

After a day in hospital, Allen discharged himself.

When officers visited Allen's last known residence at Dorroughby several times this year, they said nobody was home.

A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 19.

Then, on June 1, police said Allen was detected driving under the influence of ice at Tregeagle, but the court heard he refused to provide an oral fluid sample at Lismore police station.

Police facts stated evidence from a clinical forensic pharmacologist said Allen "was under the influence of methylamphetamine to the extent that there would have been impairment of his driving ability".

Allen was previously ordered into rehabilitation by the court.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Allen's matters until September to allow him to continue his rehabilitation.

Topics:  crime drugs ice methylamphetamine



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