Matthew William Economidis pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a Nambour crash after dangerously driving.
Matthew William Economidis pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a Nambour crash after dangerously driving.

’Nuisance’ driver pleads guilty to fleeing crash scene

An unlicensed man has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and fleeing the scene of a crash in which someone was injured.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard Matthew William Economidis, from Cooroy, was involved in the crash at Nambour on March 31.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said a person was injured as a result of the crash.

The court heard Economidis failed to remain at the incident and render assistance.

The 32-year-old on Friday pleaded guilty to a total of nine charges including driving with methamphetamine and marijuana in his system one week prior to the crash.

Mr McLaughlin adjourned the matter to August 27.

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He enlarged Economidis’s bail with the condition he could not be in charge of a vehicle at any time.

“What they tell me is that you’re repeatedly driving cars without a licence, with drugs in your system and driving cars dangerously when you’ve previously been convicted of driving cars dangerously twice,” Mr McLaughlin said.

“This all adds up to say you’re a real nuisance on the road.”

Economidis asked if he could drive if he went to the Department of Transport and got a licence.

“It would be outrageous for you to go and get a licence now,” Mr McLaughlin replied.

He said Economidis would likely be “locked up” if he drove while on bail.