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Drunk man jumps in front of trucks at Curra

A DRUNK man who jumped in front of a moving truck at Curra was lucky to be alive when he fronted Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

Casey Wade Lawrence, 22, told the court he had not had a drink since the April 24 incident, which had not been the only attempt at self harm.

Lawrence had a blood alcohol reading of 0.219% at the time - more than four times the legal driving limit.

The court heard the highly intoxicated man had fought with a friend the night he jumped in front of a south-bound truck on the Bruce Hwy.

The truck driver had to break forcefully and lock the truck up to avoid collision, leaving a long skid on the road.

When police arrived, Lawrence was seen jumping in front of another semi-trailer, heading north, before he was tackled on to the grass by his mother.

After his arrest, Lawrence tried to break free of police officers and run back on to the highway and had to be pinned to the ground for his own sake.

Lawrence pleaded guilty and was convicted of obstructing police and being a public nuisance.

Magistrate M. Baldwin placed him on six months probation to address alcohol issues.

"The last thing we want, and your family wants, is for you to get drunk again and jump in front of a truck."

Anyone needing support or information about suicide prevention should contact Lifeline on 131 114.

Gympie Times

Topics:  drunk and disorderly, editors picks, mental health, suicidal



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