Esperance man fined for careless driving

A 30 year-old man was convicted of four charges in his absence after he crashed into a metal pole and abandoned the scene.

Archie Kawau had pleaded not guilty in August but failed to attend his directions hearing before Magistrate Flynn in Esperance Courthouse on November 6.

Police prosecutor Snr Constable Simon Chan said at 3:50pm on April 25, 2018 Kawau was driving on Pink Lake Road.

He turned right and struck a large metal pole causing damage to the pole and his vehicle to spin around and end up facing the wrong direction. 

Witnesses went to the car to help and Kawau left the scene on foot and went to a house about 300 metres away. 

When police arrived they could see alcohol in the car.

Blood was found on the vehicle and the airbag.

This enabled DNA analysis to identify Kawau.

He didn’t report the incident in a reasonable time. 

In a voluntary interview with police he had no explanation for his blood being found in the car and said “I don’t remember driving. I was smashed that day. I was too drunk.”

Kawau was charged with careless driving, failing to report the accident to police, failing to stop and failing to give information identifying the driver of the vehicle.

He was fined $300 for careless driving, $200 for failing to report damage, $300 for failing to report the crash and $500 for not identifying the driver to police. 

He was also charged $205.30 in court costs.