Salesman sacked after writing off $75,000 luxury car

The wreckage of the $75,000 Audi.
The wreckage of the $75,000 Audi. Contributed

AN AUDI salesman who crashed a $75,000 company car while allegedly drunk on the Sunshine Coast has been fired.

The 22-year-old from Fortitude Valley was "lucky to survive" the crash at Tanawha on Sunday morning when the eight-speed sports car flipped several times.

Police said the man had taken the 2013 model Audi Q5 for a joy ride on Main Creek Rd after leaving a party about 12.15am.

He lost control of the car just metres from the party and crashed into a power pole and letterbox before hitting three parked cars.

The car rolled and landed on top of a Subaru wagon, which was parked on the grass next to the road.

Sunshine Coast Traffic Branch officer-in-charge Shane Panoho said the man could have died if not for the "mechanical marvel of the Audi", which had eight airbags.

"The passenger front and rear wheels of the car were ripped off in the crash," Senior Sergeant Panoho said.

"All airbags, including the curtain airbags, were deployed and ultimately saved his life.

"If it was any other model of car, he would have been dead."

The man had an alleged blood-alcohol reading of 0.137% and was charged at the crash scene for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and drink driving.

Snr Sgt Panoho said speed was believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

"This could have been far worse and he is lucky no one was standing on the side of the road, or they would have been killed," he said.

"People should be smarter than this and we should not be seeing these types of crashes at this time of year - especially leading in to Easter, which is traditionally one of the major motoring holidays."

Although the car was destroyed, the man walked away with only minor injuries.

The damage caused to the Audi, as well as the stationary cars, is not expected to be covered by insurance because the man is an alleged drink driver.

Police said the man had been fired on Sunday.

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