Drink driver found to be more than four times over the limit

A BUNDAMBA dad who consumed eight after-work beers before driving home was found to be more than four times over the legal limit.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Michael John Gorst pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

The 42-year-old was pulled over by police as he was driving in Bundamba at 6.40pm on October 6.

Gorst told police he had consumed eight 375ml cans of heavy beer in two hours before he got behind the wheel.

He was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.210.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said it was the fifth time Gorst had been charged with a drink driving offence.

Defence lawyer Timothy Henry said Gorst was a father and was employed as a furniture removalist.

Mr Henry said his client's decision to drive after the work drinks boiled down to a "lapse in judgment".

"My client can offer no excuse for why he drove that evening," Mr Henry said.

"He is both embarrassed and ashamed and genuinely remorseful for his actions."

Magistrate Donna MacCallum noted that Gorst's last conviction for drink driving was dated more than five years ago.

She fined Gorst $850 and disqualified him from driving for nine months.

 

QT's name and shame: This week's drink drivers

  • Jacob Myles Olive pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Wacol on September 4. The 29-year-old also pleaded guilty to a dishonesty offence. For both charges, Olive was fined $450 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Craig Kenneth Mcinally pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Ipswich on October 2. The 33-year-old was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Arthur Ardie Oppert pleaded guilty to driving over the zero-alcohol limit while on a restricted licence. The 23-year-old was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Bobby David Chorley pleaded guilty to driving over the zero-alcohol limit while on a restricted licence in Camira on July 10. The 26-year-old was fined $900 and disqualified for three months.
  • Troy James Hardiker pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Booval on October 11. The 39-year-old was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for two months.
  • Andrew Ian Jackson pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system Willowbank on August 2. The 35-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Ronnie Lees pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Redbank Plains on August 12. The 32-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Benjamin Jerome Milovale pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Bellbird Park on August 7. The 33-year-old was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for two months.
  • Ipari Percy Morison pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Redbank Plains on August 12. The 30-yea-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • Paul Michael Owens pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Collingwood Park on August 23. The 30-year-old was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Carl Brian Douglas Riddle pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Redbank Plains on August 4. The 27-year-old was fined $300 and disqualified from driving for two months.
  • Tony Sandnes pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in West Ipswich on August 19. The 47-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • Kevin Michael Ward pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Bundamba on August 7. The 52-year-old was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for two months.
  • Joel Samuel Reon Craven pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Brassall on October 13. The 27-year-old was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for six months.
  • Beau Liddington pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Bundamba on September 24, The 24-year-old was fined $450 and disqualified for three months.
  • Elethea Anne Talty pleaded guilty to driving without a licence while over the middle alcohol limit in Lowood on October 10. The 38-year-old was fined $850 and disqualified from driving for six months.


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