Driver was four times the limit
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.