Motorist blows way over limit after next-morning drive

COMING to Toowoomba for a birthday party proved an expensive trip for Lismore man Mark William Waters who blew almost four times the legal limit when pulled over the next day.

The 47-year-old had been pulled over by a police patrol on Holberton St about 4.50pm, January 23, and blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.198, police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Bugden told Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Defence solicitor Peter Sloane told the court his client came to Toowoomba about six times a year because he had children living here.

However, on this particular weekend he had been in Toowoomba for the birthday of an uncle.

His client had had a "big drink" while celebrating but had slept overnight.

However, he had had a beer with his uncle before driving off, Mr Sloane said.

His client thought he would have been okay to drive, he submitted.

Waters pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of liquor.

Noting he had no other drink-driving offences in the past five years, Magistrate Graham Lee fined Waters $1250 and disqualified him from holding or obtaining a driver's licence for 12 months.

Gold Coast resident Max John McMillan fell into the same trap of not sleeping it off before getting into his car for the drive home after enjoying a night out in Toowoomba.

The 20-year-old had been visiting a friend in Toowoomba on January 29 and had gone out drinking, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Driving home the next day, he blew a breath/alcohol reading of 0.166 after being pulled over by police on the down section of the Range.

He was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for eight months.

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