Man jailed for hitting another with 4WD after scuffle

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At the age of 14, Corrie James Lim suffered multiple fractures when his mother accidentally drove over him.

More than a decade later, Lim has been jailed for driving a four-wheel drive into a young man and inflicting "not too dissimilar" serious injuries.

After an altercation at a Brisbane pub, Lim got into his vehicle and mounted a garden bed, drove through a wooden bollard and into a nearby field to "threaten and scare" the man.

He travelled about 20 metres and did not reach high speeds with one witness saying the vehicle remained in first gear, the District Court in Brisbane was told on Thursday.

Lim and his three passengers did not know it at the time but the man had been struck by the 4WD, falling into a storm drain.

Defence barrister Samuel Bain described his client's actions in October 2020 as a "moment of madness".

The man's injuries included a scalp laceration as well as leg, pelvis, skull and foot fractures.

A metal rod was inserted in his leg which has required further surgery.

"He continues to suffer disability and pain," Judge John Allen said.

The crown prosecutor said it was accepted that Lim did not intend to hit the 22-year-old man with his "large 4WD" with a bull bar.

However he said Lim would have been aware of the damage a vehicle could cause given the injuries he suffered when he was 14 that were "not too  dissimilar" to the victim's.

Lim, now 28, suffered a broken pelvis and leg as well as a dislocated shoulder when he was accidentally run over by his mother as a teen.

In October 2020 he was a group's designated driver at the Bracken Ridge hotel when a "heavily intoxicated" man was escorted out at about 1am.

The man "became a nuisance" to Lim and his companions, repeatedly demanding a lift home and becoming abusive.

The man and Lim had a verbal argument, threw glass bottles at each other and had a scuffle.

Lim's glasses were knocked off his face.

When the fight was broken up, the man walked away.

Lim then got in his 4WD, revved the engine multiple times and spun the wheels before driving toward the area where the man was last seen.

Witnesses gave "various descriptions" of the speed Lim's 4WD was travelling.

"I don't sentence you on the basis that it was a very fast speed," Judge Allen said.

"You are to be sentenced on the basis that you intentionally drove into the area where you knew the complainant had gone with the purpose of threatening and scaring him."

Judge Allen said the man's injuries were a "very significant factor" in determining the sentence.

The man had also suffered psychologically and financially, losing his job since the incident.

Mr Bain said Lim was "disgusted" by his actions.

"He has ruined two lives," he said.

Lim pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

He was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for three-and-a-half years after serving 12 months. He was also disqualified from driving for two years.