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Teens seriously injured after ute rolls in alleged drink-driving incident


Four teenagers have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after rolling over their ute on Teewah Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, while the driver was allegedly drink-driving.

Emergency services were called to a camping area at Double Island Point at 2.30am Wednesday after reports of a car rollover involving seven teenagers.

Images of the ute show it partially submerged in water near the shore.

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Four of the teenage passengers were taken hospital, with two of them airlifted with serious head, chest and back injuries.

Queensland Police were called to Teewah Beach where a group of teenagers had rolled their ute. Credit: Queensland Police
Seven teenagers were travelling in the ute along the beach, one of them allegedly drink-driving. Credit: Queensland Police

Queensland Police said the 17-year-old driver from Bridgeman Downs was issued with a notice to appear for alleged low range drink-driving.

Inspector Brad Inskip, said police were focusing on dangerous driving on popular Queensland beaches including in the Noosa North Shore during the popular holiday period.

“Today’s crash is a reminder that driving on beaches can be hazardous, can be dangerous. The surfaces are different from what most of us are used to and driver’s need to take extra care,” Inskip said.

“We also remind motorists that the same road rules apply when driving on a beach, or in national parks, as they do when driving on any street in Queensland.”

Queensland Police have detected five drink drivers and one drug driver while doing random road stops for more an a month over the Christmas New Year holiday period along the Noosa North Shore.

They said 137 speeding tickets were issued, 68 defective vehicle fines given and 54 people found not wearing seatbelts.

“(Police have) conducted more than 5500 random breath tests and 72 random drug tests.”

“You might be on holidays. You might be enjoying some of the best pristine ocean and parkland environments in the world but you can still die in a road crash by making poor choices, not driving to the conditions, not appreciating the limitations of your driving skills or acknowledging that sand driving is not the same as highway driving,” Inskip said.

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Source: 7News