Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Drowsy' Driver Fined $1500; Man Struggled to Keep Eyes Open Behind the Wheel

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Drowsy' Driver Fined $1500; Man Struggled to Keep Eyes Open Behind the Wheel

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BRENT Travis Kennedy could barely keep his eyes open when police pulled him over on Redbank Plains Rd for dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston told Ipswich Magistrates Court police had observed Kennedy speeding and driving erratically.

Sgt Colson said police recorded Kennedy travelling at 79kmh in a 60kmh zone.

He was also seen swerving on the road, crossing over the double lines into oncoming traffic on several occasions and driving over a painted traffic island.

When police pulled Kennedy over he was swaying in his seat and unable to sit still.

Police noted that he looked very drowsy. His eyes were bloodshot and he had trouble keeping them open.

After a breath test came up negative, Kennedy was taken to the hospital for a blood test.

It was later revealed that he had been driving after taking a prescription drug known for its sedative abilities.

He pleaded guilty last week to driving under the influence of liquor or a drug.

Kennedy told the court he had been prescribed the drug to treat his anxiety.

He said he had taken the drug before, but had not been advised by his doctor not to drive while on the drug.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Kennedy's manner of driving before he was pulled over was "concerning".

"Clearly you weren't under the influence of alcohol but you were under the influence of something else and this charge covers both," she said.

Ms Sturgess said Kennedy had been charged with a similar offence in 2012 which put him in a higher disqualification category.

He was fined $1500 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for a year.

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