Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Drunk Driver Pays Price of Accident; Five Times over the Limit Costs Man over $30,000, Serious Injuries and an Appearance in Court

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Drunk Driver Pays Price of Accident; Five Times over the Limit Costs Man over $30,000, Serious Injuries and an Appearance in Court

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Byline: Nathan Paull

AN ELDERLY Calliope man wrote off his $30,000 station wagon before blowing five times over the legal alcohol limit, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Darryl Charles Howell, 64, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence after being involved in a single vehicle accident on July 10.

Police Prosecutor Troy Daubaras told the court Howell was trapped in the car after losing control on the crest of a hill on the Dawson Highway in Calliope, with skid marks suggesting he braked sharply, veered across double white lines and ploughed into a solid rock cutting.

Const Daubaras said police at the scene could smell alcohol on his breath but were unable to breath test Howell straight away as he was rushed to Gladstone Base Hospital with suspected spinal injuries.

However, half an hour later, police were able to obtain a reading which gave a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.260.

Howell told police at the time he had consumed three glasses of wine in an hour and a half, but Magistrate Damian Carroll said it was unlikely he would have a reading that high unless he had consumed a lot more. …

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