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Man charged after car crashes into Collie’s Crown Hotel, injuring two women

A man charged after two pub patrons were struck by a car in Collie on Thursday night has indicated he will plead guilty during a brief court appearance today.

Benjamin Lawrence Byrne-Quinn, 33, appeared before the Bunbury Magistrate’s Court this morning but the matter was adjourned until Monday.

Mr Byrne-Quinn was arrested on Thursday night after police were called to Crown Hotel on Throssell Street at about 11pm after reports two customers were reversed into by a Toyota Hilux, which then struck the wall of the establishment.

One woman, aged 23, received critical injuries and was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital.

An 18-year-old woman was seriously injured and was taken to Collie Hospital by ambulance. She has since been released.

Mr Byrne-Quinn has been charged with two counts of unlawful act or omission with intent to harm, one count of failing to stop and ensure assistance after an incident and one count of failing to report an incident in which property was damaged.

In court prosecutor Sen. Const. Karl Rep requested an adjournment given the possibility of upgraded charges, depending on the condition of one of the victims who remains in a critical condition at RPH.

Magistrate Richard Huston noted Mr Byrne-Quinn’s indicated pleas of guilty to the charges, which will make him eligible for the maximum discount on sentencing.

Mr Byrne-Quinn will appear in court again via video link on Monday.

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