Driver hits vodka, then police vehicle
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.