Drink driver caught at high speed
A BUSINESS owner has been caught drink-driving at high speed in an apparent rush to get home to celebrate his son's birthday.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Gregory Arthur Jackwitz pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit and speeding.
Police had been travelling in an unmarked vehicle on the Warrego Hwy in Gatton, when Jackwitz overtook them at high speed.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the officers had to accelerate to 160kmh in order to catch up to Jackwitz and pull him over.
It was estimated Jackwitz had been travelling at 150kmh - 50kmh above the speed limit.
The incident took place on January 15 about 6.52pm.
After police stopped Jackwitz the 45-year-old told officers he was unsure what speed he had been travelling at.
He was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.106.
The court was told that Jackwitz owned his own carpentry business and had been anxiously trying to get home to celebrate his son's 20th birthday at the time of the offence.
Prior to getting behind the wheel, he had consumed about three ciders.
His defence lawyer said Jackwitz felt "extremely foolish" for committing the offence and regretted his actions that day.
Magistrate Barry Cosgrove noted Jackwitz had a traffic history that suggested he did not value his driver's licence.
Jackwitz was convicted and fined $600 and disqualified from driving for five months for the drink driving offence.
He was also fined an additional $1062 for the speeding charge.