Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Nap in Car Costs Driver

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Nap in Car Costs Driver

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DRUNK, tired and with nowhere to rest at 3am, Anthony Benjamin Dallow opted to sleep in the front seat of his car.

It was a freezing cold morning, so the 50-year-old, turned the vehicle's engine on to warm up the car with the heater.

Unfortunately for Dallow, the circumstances were enough for police to charge him with drink driving, when officers noticed the vehicle parked by the side of the road.

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

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said police found Dallow asleep in his car, after they noticed fumes coming from his vehicle's exhaust.

Dallow told police he had been staying two doors down from where he was parked, but that there had been a domestic incident and subsequently he decided to sleep in the car.

He said he had been drinking alcohol earlier that night. He was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.071. The offence took place in Raceview on September 20.

In his defence, Dallow told the court he felt he had no choice but to sleep in his car that night, but regretted his decision to turn on the engine.

"I live in Samford, which is about an hour drive from the house in Raceview I was staying at that night," he said. "At about 3am there was a heated domestic argument between some people in the house and when I tried to intervene, I was kicked out.

"I couldn't afford a taxi to get home, I didn't want to inconvenience anyone to come and pick me up and I didn't know anyone in the area.

"So I decided just to sleep in the car and that's when I made my mistake; it was a freezing night so I turned on the engine to activate the heater."

Dallow was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for two months.

Drug driver caught after using weed night before

A MOTORIST caught driving with drugs in his system has been fined.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Steven John McCarthy pleaded guilty to a drug-driving charge.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said the 55-year-old was stopped by police in Charlton on June 1.

A test for drugs showed McCarthy had Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol - the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects - in his saliva.

Defence lawyer John Tapp said his client was employed and didn't have any previous convictions for similar offences. He said McCarthy had used a "minimal" amount of cannabis the night before he was pulled over.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told McCarthy the drug stayed in people's system's for "lengthy" amounts of time. McCarthy was fined $200 and disqualified for one month.

DEAN Juston Upkett pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Fernvale on August 26. …

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