Dad drunk at 135kmh with girl, 6

A FATHER drove 75kmh over the speed limit while drunk with his young daughter sitting in the back seat.

A police officer doing static speed detection on Creek St, at Bundamba, at 5.30pm ,clocked David Allan McNamara driving at 135kmh in a 60kmh zone.

The officer activated his lights and siren, and followed McNamara, 47, for one kilometre until he pulled over.

He was breathalysed and recorded 0.171.

McNamara's six-year-old daughter was sitting in the back seat.

When asked if he knew how fast he was travelling, McNamara said: “Yeah, about 160 kilometres per hour.”

He admitted he knew it was a 60kmh zone.

Ipswich District Court heard McNamara had three previous drink-driving convictions.

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said McNamara had finished work as a labourer on Friday, August 4, last year and went with his boss to the pub for drinks.

He went home and had a few more drinks, only to receive a call from his boss to say he was fired as a few apprentices would be cheaper.

Mr Seaholme said this affected his client's decision to drive.

He said McNamara should not spend any time behind bars because he had never been to prison before, his last drink-driving offence was in 2003 and he had quit drinking.

But Judge Gregory Koppenol said it was important to send a deterrent message to McNamara and others.

“Your behaviour was dangerous and reckless,” Judge Koppenol said.

“I think it shows complete contempt for the public and other road users.

“I hope you can go away today knowing that for the grace of God nothing else happened on that day.”

McNamara pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and excessively speeding and with at least two previous convictions for drink driving.

He also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor.

McNamara was sentenced to 18 months jail and will be released on parole on November 12.


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