Drink-driver could barely stand when police stopped him

UPDATE: POLICE were on the hunt for a potential drink-driver in Torbanlea on Monday, when the car they were searching for appeared in their rear-view mirror.

Inside the vehicle was a 45-year-old Pacific Haven man.

Later, that driver would blow an alleged alcohol concentration reading of 0.332%, almost seven times the legal limit.

Howard Police Station Constable Patrick Cronin said the car was driving in a 100kmh zone on the Bruce Hwy before being stopped by police at 3.40pm.

"When he got out of the car, he couldn't stand-up straight and couldn't walk without our assistance," Const Cronin said.

"We were disgusted that he was on the road endangering not only his own life, but all the other road users including families.

"He wasn't actually speeding or anything, just swerving and continuously changing the distance he was behind us."



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Const Cronin said with a reading that high, it was surprising that the man was able to function let alone operate a vehicle.

"Even though we are used to getting drink drivers, was still surprised at that reading," he said.

"We haven't seen something that high in a long time."

Upon interviewing the man, it was discovered that he had been driving for a decent period of time in that state.

"It's believed he started drinking that morning, and was on the road for about 40 minutes before we stopped him," Const Cronin said.

"He was on the way to Brisbane but then realised he wasn't in a good state so came back.

"If he continued to Brisbane, I don't think he would have made it there without a serious crash.

"If the man had swerved onto the wrong lane and caused a head-on crash, that would have been a fatality."

The man was charged with driving under the influence of liquor and will appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on January 11.

Police were targeting drink-drivers this weekend, in a bid to keep roads safe in the lead-up to Christmas.

There were more than 2600 roadside breath tests conducted between December 16-18 through the south part of Wide Bay.

Of those, 10 people were charged, including a 36-year-old Craignish man.

He was stopped on Queens Road, Scarness on Sunday at about 1.30am where he blew a positive reading.

The man will appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on January 25.

If you are suspicious of a drink-driver, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


EARLIER: A MAN has been caught driving almost seven times over the legal alcohol limit on the Fraser Coast.

Police pulled the 45-year-old driver over at 3.40pm on the Bruce Hwy in Torbanlea, on Monday.

A breath test was then conducted on the man and he allegedly blew a positive result.

The man, a Pacific Haven resident, was transported to Maryborough Police Station for further testing.

At the station, it is alleged the man provided a breath alcohol concentration of 0.332%.

The man was initially stopped after police received information from a concerned member of the public.

He has been charged with driving under the influence of liquor and will appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on January 11.