Caught drunk doing donuts

A DRUNK driver spun his car repeatedly in the middle of a Kalbar intersection in front of police before crashing 15m from the front door of an occupied house.

Michael Anthony Thomas, 28, was on parole for another offence when witnesses told police they had seen him doing burn outs and "fish-tailing" throughout the streets of Kalbar.

Ipswich Magistrates Court was told police located Thomas and his blue Holden station wagon about 9.45pm on November 8.

When officers approached Thomas was doing "donuts" - or 360-degree spins in his car - in the middle of an intersection.

The smoke from the tyres was so great the only thing officers could see were the dim of his headlights through the smoke.

When police activated their sirens Thomas fled, and officers stopped the chase to report the incident to the main station.

A short time later they heard a screeching crash and found Thomas had slammed his car into a kerb - coming to rest 15m from a house.

He was breath tested and blew 0.114.

He pleaded guilty on Friday to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, drink driving and driving without a licence.

The court heard the car was also unregistered and uninsured, and Thomas had a previous conviction for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected.

He was sentenced to four months prison and will be eligible for parole on May 31. He was also disqualified from driving for 16 months.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said while Thomas' act was one of stupidity he co-operated with police and his judgement had been impaired by drinking.

Mr Fairclough acknowledged Thomas was on parole after being convicted of grievous bodily harm in the Supreme Court in April last year.



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