A FORMER Warrnambool man who drove while suspended and was later involved in a bad accident has been placed on a four-month community corrections order.
Kevin Timothy Knowles, 41, now of Fountain Drive, Narre Warren, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to driving while suspended and careless driving after appearing in a contest mention hearing.
He was convicted and placed on a community corrections order for four months.
Police alleged that Knowles, also known as Kevin Doherty, drove while suspended on December 30, 2011.
Police noticed Knowles was driving a white Holden Astra west in Daltons Road after he made a hand gesture to officers.
He was pulled over and it was found he was driving while his licence was suspended after clocking up 20 demerit points.
At 2.20pm on February 6 Knowles was driving a Mazda ute east along the Cobden-Stoneyford Road towards Colac.
Witnesses said he crossed on to the wrong side of the road at least three times and also on to the left shoulder before failing to take a bend.
The ute went straight ahead at the corner, rolled numerous times and ended up on its roof.
Knowles was able to get out of the vehicle but his passenger was trapped by the legs and had to be freed by State Emergency Service volunteers.
The passenger was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital after severely breaking his arm and suffering internal injuries.
There were no skid marks and Knowles told police his wheels got in the gravel and he lost control.