DRIVER ON JD BENDER
Driver six-times limit after JD binge
A SELF-CONFESSED alcoholic who told police he drank “quadruple shots” of Jack Daniels before getting behind the wheel at Waterford West in July has been sentenced in a Gold Coast court after blowing more than six times the legal alcohol limit.
Ormeau man Troy Segetaro Asanuma, 34, was disqualified from driving for 22 months by the Southport Magistrates Court on Friday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol near Logan on the morning of July 29.
He was also sentenced to 18 months’ probation after blowing a blood-alcohol reading of .306 – more than six times the legal limit to drive.
Asanuma was spotted by another man at 10.35am in a damaged Toyota LandCruiser.
He was seen swerving all over the road, up on to a footpath and into a front yard. The car finally came to rest after it collided with a tree after Asanuma ran into a parked Mercedes van twice on Aegean St.
A good Samaritan who saw the entire incident took the keys from the Ormeau man before calling police.
Police alleged Asanuma was “grossly intoxicated” but astonishingly, could have conversations and was coherent. He said he had been drinking all the previous day and night with his uncle before attempting to drive back to the Coast.
To the amazement of police, Asanuma told the arresting officers he had been drinking Jack Daniels with cola before moving on to “double shots, triple shots and quadruple shots”.
Alibi Criminal Defence boss Rijald Hadzalic, who acted for Asanuma, said his client was very remorseful.
“My client is fortunate no one was injured. He’s taken a lot from the Queensland Traffic Offenders Program and is glad to put the incident behind him,” he said.
Despite the high reading, he’s not the worst drink-driver to have come through the Southport Courthouse.
In April last year, Gold Coast hairdresser Angela Bisson was sentenced for driving while 10 times over the limit.