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Lawyer says drink driving offence was a "cry for help"

SWERVING between two marked police cars at speed, while drunk was a "cry for help" by a drink-driver.

More than three times the legal alcohol limit, Dallas Jade Steven Benko, 31, was driving on Compton Rd in Stretton on January 28.

He caught up with two marked police dog squad cars and swerved between them.

He lost control of the Subaru Forester he was driving, struck the median strip and drove on to the wrong side of the road.

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Cars travelling in the other direction were forced to swerve out of his way before he crashed the car off the road.

Benko pleaded guilty to dangerous driving while adversely affected and high range drink-driving.

The court heard the two police cars attended immediately on the crash.

While officers were initially checking on the welfare of Benko after the crash he was aggressive towards them.

Benko was described in court as being unsteady on his feet and frothing from the mouth.

Blood was taken from him which was analysed and returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.163.

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Defence lawyer Christopher O'Meara said the actions were a "cry for help".

"It's attention seeking," Mr O'Meara said.

"There was only ever going to be one outcome."

He was placed on probation for 15 months and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for one year.

He will be subject to the provisions of the interlock protocol when he is able to hold a driver's licence again.

 

Woman given work licence during ban

  • Brenda Holland, 59, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving while over the general alcohol limit at Longreach. She was fined $700 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three months. She was given a restricted work driver's licence for the duration of the disqualification.
  • Andrew Peter Roberts, 35, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving over the general alcohol limit at Booval. He was fined $300 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for one month. He was issued with a restricted work driver's licence for the duration of the disqualification.
  • Reginald George McGill, 50, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving while over the middle alcohol limit at Redbank Plains. He was fined $1200 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for five months.
  • James Edward Paul Yorke, 27, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving while over the general alcohol limit in Ipswich. He was fined $200 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for one month.
  • Lawrence Gregory Tanner, 21, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to driving over the general alcohol limit, driving while unlicensed, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving an uninsured vehicle at Dinmore. He was fined $300 and disqualified from holding a driver's licence for three months.

Topics:  drink driving, name and shame (ipswich)



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