A 31-year-old Harvey man responsible for a crash which left another driver with broken ribs, while he himself was airlifted to hospital after driving on the wrong side of a busy highway, will not be allowed behind the wheel for the next year. Patison Elton on May 15 fronted Harvey Magistrates Court for sentencing over the December 30 incident, having previously entered an endorsed plea of guilty to dangerous driving causing bodily harm. The prosecution told the court at 8.36pm on December 30, Elton left the Wokalup Tavern in a Mazda3, driving north along South Western Highway. He drove on the wrong side of the road for 500m before hitting a Nissan Navara, close to the Wokalup railway crossing. Following the crash, he told police: “I was upset when I left the tavern”, and said people in the country he was originally from drove on the other side of the road. The other driver was left with injuries including broken ribs, mild tenderness to the spine, and tears and bruising to the left hand. Elton’s defence lawyer said his client had not been drinking before the incident, but was very distressed as he had been told his partner had been chasing after other men in his home country and not looking after their children. Elton’s defence said he had sustained more injuries than the other driver and had to be airlifted from the crash site. He had not worked at his job in Harvey since the incident, they said, and had been supported by his co-workers, but hoped to return within the next month. Magistrate Benjamin Tyers called it a “serious charge”. “There were significant injuries to the person in the other car,” he said. “I understand you were distracted by personal issues . . . but regardless, it is at the higher end of seriousness. “No punishment is going to fix the harm that has been done, but you also harmed yourself.” Elton was fined $3500, ordered to pay $264.30 in police costs, and disqualified from driving for 12 months.