No conviction for drunk driver
A DRIVER who was more than three times the legal alcohol limit drove on the wrong side of the road before smashing into an oncoming car.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Patrick James Oates had been drinking with family members who were visiting from interstate before hopping behind the wheel.
Oates turned from Milford Street onto Cashmere Street, Redbank Plains onto the footpath before swerving onto the wrong side of the road where he smashed head-on into another car.
Police were called about 5.10pm and rushed to the scene to breathalyse the 26-year-old.
He recorded 0.163.
When later interviewed by police Oates admitted he should not have been driving as he was severely intoxicated.
Oates had already been fined in court for driving under the influence of liquor for the same incident.
He pleaded guilty last week to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected.
Oates was placed on probation for nine months and had his driver's licence disqualified for six months.
No conviction was recorded.
Magistrate Michael Quinn told Oates he was lucky the crash did not have more tragic consequences.
“It was probably said to you previously how very fortunate you were that there was not personal injury to yourself or others involved in this matter,” Mr Quinn said.
“You were in charge of a very dangerous weapon and you should not have been anywhere near a car on that particular occasion.”
Defence lawyer Yassar Khan told the court that the incident was out of character for his client, who had no previous similar offending.
Mr Khan said his client was seeing a doctor because he had sometimes had blackouts when he drank.