PIE DUI

This fool risked lives, drove drunk to servo for Aussie favourite

Daily Mercury - - FRONT PAGE - Luke Mor­timer luke.mor­timer@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

MANY Aussies en­joy get­ting stuck into a hot meat pie af­ter a few beers, but a Mackay man has taken his af­fec­tion for the hum­ble pas­try to a whole new (and to­tally il­le­gal) level.

Dean An­thony Yowyeh was busted by po­lice driv­ing three and a half times over the le­gal al­co­hol limit, af­ter down­ing two six packs and two ‘tal­lies’ (750ml) of beer, to get his hands on a ser­vice sta­tion pie late last month.

The 48-year-old came to the at­ten­tion of po­lice when his car was seen crawl­ing well un­der the speed limit in South Mackay.

Pulling into the carpark of a Cal­tex servo, Yowyeh – no doubt af­fected by the booze in his sys­tem – had a whole lot of trou­ble man­ag­ing to park as po­lice watched.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, po­lice pulled up near Yowyeh’s ve­hi­cle to per­form a breath test. Not only did the un­em­ployed plant op­er­a­tor com­ply – he ac­tu­ally jumped out of his car yelling “You’ve got me”.

In his solic­i­tor Chris Col­will’s words, drinkdriv­ing was in­deed a “stupid thing to have done”, and a de­ci­sion which led to an $1800 fine and a year-long li­cence loss.

Yowyeh faced Mag­is­trate Scott Lux­ton in Mackay Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day, plead­ing guilty to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence about 1am on Oc­to­ber 23.

Pros­e­cu­tor Shelby Lar­combe gave the facts.

“... po­lice were con­duct­ing pa­trols ... po­lice ob­served that the ve­hi­cle was driv­ing at a very low speed, well be­low the speed limit,” she said.

“Po­lice fur­ther ob­served the ve­hi­cle turn into the carpark of the Cal­tex ser­vice sta­tion. Po­lice re­mained in the ve­hi­cle and watched the driver of the ve­hi­cle at­tempt to park.

“Af­ter mul­ti­ple at­tempts at try­ing to park the de­fen­dant has then turned his ve­hi­cle off. Po­lice have ap­proached the ve­hi­cle ...

“The de­fen­dant has opened the door and im­me­di­ately said ‘You’ve got me, you’ve got me. Po­lice have asked the de­fen­dant what he meant ... to which he replied ‘I’ve been drink­ing a lot’.”

Po­lice smelled liquor on Yowyeh’s breath and a breath test re­turned a read­ing of 0.182 per cent BAC.

Yowyeh had been con­victed of drink-driv­ing nearly three decades ago, when he recorded a lower read­ing, Ms Lar­combe said.

Mr Col­will said his client had “gone off to get a pie around the cor­ner” and he was hon­est with po­lice.

The de­fence lawyer de­scribed Yowyeh’s traf­fic record as “moderately good” and de­tailed Yowyeh’s job prospects.

“He has been of­fered work in Collinsville next year. It’s un­clear if that will pro­ceed, not only be­cause of his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, but it’s tied up with the Adani mine ... ,” he said.

Mr Col­will added Yowyeh en­tered an early guilty plea.

Hand­ing down Yowyeh’s sen­tence, Mr Lux­ton said his read­ing was “ex­tremely high”, but noted Yowyeh’s his­tory was “close to im­pec­ca­ble” in re­cent times, and the drink-driv­ing was “out of char­ac­ter”.

Along­side the fine and dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, a con­vic­tion was recorded.

A man drove drunk for a pie.

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