Drink driver walks from police station into car

A DRINK driver walked out of Toowoomba Police Station and got straight back behind the wheel of a car, a court has heard.

Brian Andrew Garland, 36, was driving along Hume St about 2.45am on September 19 when he was stopped by police near the intersection of Chalk Dr.

His defence solicitor Brad Skuse said his client had taken his partner's car to drop some fuel off to a friend, who had run out of petrol.

Police checks revealed Garland's drivers licence had been suspended since June.

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The car remained at the scene while Garland was taken back to Toowoomba Police Station, where he registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.131 per cent.

He was released a few hours later.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Al Windsor said police drove past where the car had been parked about 5am and noticed it was gone.

They then went to Garland's home.

"He stated to police he had driven home," Snr Const. Windsor said.

Garland was taken back to the station, where he recorded a reading of 0.085%.

He was also charged for smashing a coffee cup on the floor of his home when police arrived.

Mr Skuse said his client had walked past the vehicle on his way home and decided to drive it.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck placed Garland on a 12-month probation order and disqualified him from driving for 14 months.



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