Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Drunk Driver's Lucky Break; Magistrate Grants Restricted Work Licence after Conviction

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Drunk Driver's Lucky Break; Magistrate Grants Restricted Work Licence after Conviction

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Byline: Ross Irby newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A DRUNK cook who crashed his ute after drinking beers and Jim Beam, and who feared he might get the chop from his pub job, has been granted a special work licence.

Michael Paku, 51, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to drink driving at 2am on Sunday, October 15.

Paku told magistrate Belinda Merrin he now keeps two beers in his fridge so every time he opens the door this reminds him not to drink.

The court heard from prosecutor Senior Constable Andrew Blunt that police went to an accident scene on Countess Russell Crescent at 2.15am and found a crashed green Toyota Landcruiser.

Paku was standing there with blood on his face and clothes, and told officers he'd been drinking at Agnes Water Tavern after work.

Snr Const Blunt said Paku seemed intoxicated, needed physical assistance to stand up, and was unable to tell police which direction he had been driving.

A breath test gave an alcohol reading of 0. …

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