Driver was so drunk he couldn't do a breath test

A DRIVER who blew more than four times the legal limit at the road-side was too drunk to be breath tested back at the police station.

Police were alerted to a suspected drink-driver after Randall Ian Grantham had collided with another vehicle parked at the Toowoomba Sports Club about 7pm, November 5, the city's Magistrates Court heard.

The owner of the damaged car ran to his car and tapped on his window as he drove out of the car park but he kept driving onto Bowen St where he narrowly avoided colliding with a 4WD utility, the driver of which took evasive action as his car swerved onto the wrong side of the road.

Though it was dark and raining at the time, Grantham, 42, had driven north along Ruthven St without headlights on until he was seen to pull into a 7/11 service station where he collided with another car before driving off again onto Ruthven St, police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court.

A police patrol pulled in behind him and eventually stopped him in Jellicoe St.

Sgt Robinson said Grantham had slurred speech, smelt of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet when he got out of the car.

He blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.24, he said.

However, after being taken to the police station for a breath analysis, Grantham had become uncooperative and initially refused to get out of the police vehicle and had to be forcibly removed.

He had then sat on the floor until police deemed him too intoxicated to comply with directions, Sgt Robinson told the court.

"He was belligerent and abusive toward police."

Grantham pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor, failing to comply with duties of a driver in a crash, obstructing police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The court heard the Murphys Creek disability pensioner had suffered post traumatic stress disorder after sustaining burns as a passenger in a car crash in 1988 from which he was the only survivor.

He had suffered issues with alcohol since that tragedy but was now receiving counselling and was on anti-alcohol medication.

Magistrate Graham Lee placed Grantham on 18 months probation, disqualified him from driving for 18 months and ordered he pay $878 restitution for damage caused to the other person's car.


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