Driver four times over claims ‘I only had two beers!’
CAMBOOYA man Glen Francis Henry was surprised when he was pulled over by police and blew four times the legal limit.
The 58-year-old had been followed by police after he pulled in front of a patrol car on Eaton St, Cambooya, about 2.35pm on Wednesday, January 13, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
He blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.209, police prosecutor Sergeant Tim Hutton told the court.
Henry was surprised by the high reading, telling police he had only two beers at the nearby pub prior to driving, a fact confirmed by hotel staff.
However, he admitted to drinking heavily the night before, Sgt Hutton said.
Henry pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor.
His solicitor Ted Orange (Davidson & Sullivan) told the court the loss of his driver's licence would impact significantly on his client.
Henry had made temporary arrangements to get to work but would lose his job should those arrangements change and he couldn't find alternative transport, he said.
Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck noted Henry had a previous high-reading of 0.177 some years ago.
"You don't mind a cold drink on a hot day," Mr Schemioneck asked him, prompting a nod of confirmation.
Mr Schemioneck fined Henry $2000 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for 11 months.