Driver six-times limit af­ter JD binge

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - ALEXAN­DRIA UTTING alexan­

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.

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