The Chronicle

Driver tested four times legal limit after wine drinking session

- PETER HARDWICK

A TOOWOOMBA man who told police he had drunk oneand-a-half bottles of wine before driving, unsurprisi­ngly had a blood/alcohol level more than four times the legal limit.

Dhieu Geu Warabek was pulled over for a licence check and random breath test by police patrolling David St, Rockville, about 2pm, June 21, Toowoomba Magistrate­s Court heard.

When the breath analysis machine malfunctio­ned, the 37-year-old was taken to Toowoomba Hospital where a sample of his blood was taken for testing, police prosecutor Leea Trewin told the court.

A certificat­e was returned from the government laboratory showing Warabek at the time had a blood/alcohol level of 0.234, Senior Constable Trewin said.

Warabek pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor.

He told the court “things fell apart” after his marriage broke down and he had been homeless for a time.

However, he was now living with a friend and had stable accommodat­ion, he said.

Acting Magistrate Roger Stark fined Warabek $1200 and disqualifi­ed him from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for seven months but ordered the conviction not be recorded.

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