Driver hits vodka, then po­lice ve­hi­cle

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

A MACKAY man has been fined $1200 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for a year af­ter blow­ing more than four times the legal blood-al­co­hol limit.

On June 5 at 4.37am, po­lice stopped a red Mazda sedan on Jones Rd, Can­non­vale, af­ter the driver, David Eaton, failed to ma­noeu­vre a turn and col- lided with the front side of a po­lice ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice ap­proached the 21year-old and pulled the keys out of the car’s ig­ni­tion.

When ques­tioned about the in­ci­dent, Eaton said he had start­ing drink­ing full­strength vodka at 9.30pm and didn’t stop un­til 3am.

A blood-al­co­hol anal­y­sis re­vealed Eaton’s read­ing to be 0.215 – more than four times the legal limit.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist noted the de­fen­dant’s blood-al­co­hol level was at the high end of the scale.

“This is a very big read­ing,” he told Eaton.

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