Marley Kinsela didn’t use the McDonald’s drive-through to get his late-night feed, but straight afterwards did his own drive-through into a parked car.
While he simply had to give way to any cars and then stick to the left-hand lane, the 21-year-old Albury man over-accelerated as he pulled out of the restaurant’s car park.
He was turning on to Townsend Street, Albury Local Court has heard, when his back off-side wheel lost traction with the bitumen.
Despite having traveled only a few metres, Kinsela couldn’t keep the car under control.
He then smashed into the back of a parked ute, before driving away in a panic.
When eventually spoken to by police two days later, Kinsela said he took off because the damaged ute was clearly “an expensive new vehicle”.
Kinsela pleaded guilty to negligent driving and not give details, but was not sentenced as he was expected to by magistrate Rodney Brender.
Mr Brender said it wasn’t fair to the owner of the damaged car to do so without knowing what compensation should be paid by Kinsela.
Instead, he adjourned sentencing to September 17 to allow police to get that information.
The court was told the incident happened on July 27 at 9.25pm.
After Kinsela’s back wheel lost traction, the car began to slide to the left.
He reduced his acceleration and counter-steered against the slide, but the car kept losing traction with the back now sliding out to the right.
Kinsela then drove straight into the parked ute, leaving behind the evidence of his involvement – headlight and indicator lens pieces on the road.
A few minutes later he parked his car at the back of his Thurgoona Street home.
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