February 23, 2010
Former Queensland rugby league great Dale Shearer will face court over the accident that nearly cost him his life.
Former Queensland rugby league great Dale Shearer has been charged over a car accident that almost cost him his life.
The 44-year-old spent months in hospital and is believed to still be recovering from critical injuries sustained when he crashed his silver four-whell-drive Porsche on the Sunshine Coast on February 21, last year.
Police confirmed this morning Shearer faces charges of drink driving and driving without due care and attention and has been ordered to attend Maroochydore Magistrates Court on April 21.
Shearer was pulled unconscious from his car after losing control of the vehicle at a roundabout along the Sunshine Motorway and crashing into a culvert about 11pm, it was reported at the time. Police claimed the sports star was speeding shortly before the crash.
A police spokeswoman said at the time that Shearer had approached a marked police car from behind while travelling south on the motorway "at excessive speed".
The patrol car then turned off the Sunshine Motorway at a roundabout at Eumarella, she said, continuing along suburban streets for nearly 100 metres before re-entering the motorway, by which time the vehicle was out of sight.
''The police continued to patrol the motorway for five kilometres, before coming across the crash at Peregian Springs,'' the spokeswoman said.
Police have not confirmed reports Shearer was travelling at 160km/h before the crash.
A blood sample was taken but police have not revealed the reading.
The veteran of 20 Tests for Australia and 26 State of Origin matches for Queensland was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with neck and internal chest injuries where he underwent emergency surgery.
He remained confined to his bed for about three months.
Shearer's family said his life was saved by the fast response of passersby who pulled him from the wreck and gave him first aid until paramedics.
The crash occurred almost exactly one year after the death of his wife Delyse, who lost her battle with breast cancer in February 2008.
- with Phil Lutton