Ice addict truck driver is jailed after he slammed into a power pole on a Bulli Pass

‘This is about as serious as it gets’: Ice addict truck driver who was high on meth when he slammed into a power pole on a busy road is jailed over the fiery crash

  • Minh Thien Ho, 30, was driving his truck down a steep hill when he lost control
  • Ho claimed the brakes failed sending him helplessly into a barrier and parked car
  • Truck driver was caught driving with ice in his system again just a month later

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An ice addict has been jailed after he slammed his 25-tonne truck into a power pole and a concrete barrier in a meth-fuelled daze.

Minh Thien Ho, 30, faced Wollongong court in NSW on Friday for the March 25 crash.

He was sentenced to 12 months behind bars – but could be out within nine.

Just over a month after the horrific crash on the steep Bulli Pass in North Wollongong, Ho was pulled over by police who found once again he had ice in his system.

Minh Thien Ho, 30, (pictured) faced Wollongong court on Friday for the potentially deadly crash on March 25 and was sentence to 12 months but could could out within nine months

Magistrate Michael Stoddart said he showed a clear disregard for himself and others with his behaviour.

 ‘This is about as serious as it gets without somebody being killed or seriously injured,’ according to The Daily Telegraph

Ho claimed he was travelling at 20k/h, the crash was caused by brake failure and he was unable to park before he quickly lost control of the 25-tonne vehicle.

The man had swerved to miss the car in front of him and plowed through several power poles, a car and a centre concrete barrier causing the truck to become airborne and roll over.

Ice addict truck driver is jailed after he slammed into a power pole on a Bulli Pass

Ho claimed had was travelling at 20kph and the crash was due from brake failure and was unable to park before he quickly lost control of the 25-tonne vehicle

Ho crawled out with minor bumps and bruises before the truck exploded into flames.

Police earlier said one man, who was travelling in the opposite direction, would have lost his life if he didn’t quickly stop and reverse away from the tumbling wreck.

The truck driver was taken to Wollongong Hospital and was found to have a level of methamphetamine in his system court documents said would impair his driving.

Ice addict truck driver is jailed after he slammed into a power pole on a Bulli Pass

Just over a month after the horrific crash on the steep Bulli Pass in North Wollongong (pictured), Ho was pulled over by police who found once again he had ice in his system

In the sentencing Ho apologised and said he took ‘full responsibility’ for his actions.

Magistrate Stoddart noted Ho was sorry but said lives could have been lost and jail time was the only way to ensure the safety of the community.

‘There’s a tremendous responsibility on people driving large vehicles, particularly on the road you were on,’ he said.  

In addition to his sentence, Ho was banned from driving for three years and given an £800 fine before he was taken into custody.

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