Driver was four times the limit

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN wrote off two ve­hi­cles af­ter he drove while more than four times the blood al­co­hol limit.

Po­lice re­ceived mul­ti­ple triple 0 calls af­ter a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion at Su­gar­loaf on April 26.

Pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said about 2am a ute was fish­tail­ing and spin­ning its tyres be­fore strik­ing an­other ve­hi­cle and crash­ing down an em­bank­ment.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived Peter David Strange was sit­ting near his wrecked ute, the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court was told.

He told of­fi­cers not to bother with a ran­dom breath test be­cause he would “blow the bag up”, Ms Smith said.

Strange said he’d had about five or six full-strength beers and a num­ber of scotches.

He also ad­mit­ted to smok­ing cannabis.

Both cars were writ­ten off in the crash.

About 3.28am, Strange re­turned a blood al­co­hol read­ing of 0.220%, Ms Smith said.

Duty solic­i­tor Sher­rie Meade said her client was from Bowen but was vis­it­ing the area to help out his cousin.

His in­ten­tion had been to stay the night, Ms Meade said.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty on Mon­day to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor and/or a drug and reck­less driv­ing charges.

“He was grossly in­tox­i­cated,” Ms Meade said.

This was a “very, very huge les­son for him to learn”, she said.

Strange had con­tacted the owner of the other ve­hi­cle to make repa­ra­tions for the dam­age. Ms Meade said to date Strange had paid about $6200 of the $8000 dam­age bill.

“(He’s) taken con­trol of that sit­u­a­tion and is pay­ing it off,” she said.

Five ref­er­ences were ten­dered to mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvst de­scrib­ing this as out of char­ac­ter.

Mr St­jern­qvst said Strange was very lucky not to be charged with danger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle while ad­versely af­fected. Strange was fined $1100 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 11 months.

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