Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Man Drove after 10 Bourbons; Motorist Drove Home Drunk on a Suspended Driver's Licence

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Man Drove after 10 Bourbons; Motorist Drove Home Drunk on a Suspended Driver's Licence

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A 24-YEAR OLD was so desperate to get home that he risked driving while drunk and on a suspended licence.

It was a decision the driver, Dale Geoffrey Warner, quickly regretted when police pulled him over during the trip.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, he pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit and driving while SPER suspended.

Police prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Toni Hay said Warner was caught by police about 12am on March 6, while travelling in Brookwater.

Officers had stopped Warner in regards to another unrelated traffic matter but quickly noticed he smelled of liquor and had bloodshot eyes.

Warner told police he was drunk and had consumed about 10 to 15 glasses of bourbon and coke in a six-hour period before he got behind the wheel.

He was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.126. His licence has been SPER suspended since November 29.

Warner told police he knew he shouldn't have been driving but "just wanted to get home".

He was convicted and fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for 10 months for the drink driving charge.

Warner was also fined an additional $300 and disqualified for a further month for driving on a suspended licence.

Driver 'made the wrong judgement'

A MOTORIST said he "made the wrong judgement" when he decided to drive home after drinking four beers and a shot of whiskey.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Saythong Sayavong pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit.

The 54-year-old was pulled over by police at a random breath test site in Augustine Heights as he drove home from a mate's place in Springfield.

While at his friend's house, Sayavong told police he had drank four Corona beers and downed a whiskey shot but still thought he was okay to drive home.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said Sayavong recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0. …

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