Man loses control of car while trying to drive and eat chips

WAIT till you get home to eat that drive-thru.

That's the message from Ipswich police after a man crashed his car while eating a Hungry Jacks product.

The driver, Terrence Lambert Titus, appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with driving without due care and attention.

He had been driving in Wanora at 2.30am while he ate an order of fries nestled between his legs.

Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said Titus took his eyes off the road momentarily when some of his fries spilt onto the floor.

When he looked up, his car was heading towards a street sign.

The 50-year-old chiropractor swerved to miss the sign, but instead lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.

The accident occurred on June 18. Titus was the sole occupant of the vehicle.


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Titus pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $300. No convictions were recorded.

Ipswich police inspector Keith McDonald said the incident should serve as a lesson to those who eat or drink behind the wheel.

"Unfortunately, I've seen many of these kinds of accidents occur," he said.

"People have to understand if they eat or drink while driving, they're taking their attention away from the road.

"If they are involved in a collision, court action may be commenced against them for a number of offences."

Insp McDonald said if people wanted to eat fast food in their car, they should do so in a car park before they began their journey.

"Otherwise they should wait until they arrive home to eat their food," he said.

"If you eat and drive you're only becoming a menace to other road users as your focus is on your food rather than your driving."


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