Driver blows .083

A MAN who failed to give way to police before mounting the kerb in a late-night incident was almost twice the legal alcohol limit.

Simon Pierce Couch, 34, was driving his silver Toyota Landcruiser on Queen St, Goodna, on April 30 when he failed to give way to police at a roundabout.

Police followed him for a distance and saw Couch's vehicle mount the kerb for three metres before they were able to pull him over. When asked why he hadn't given way, Couch said, "I thought I'd have enough time".

He was breath tested and blew 0.083.

Police then discovered Couch's licence was demerit point suspended and he was banned from driving until May 18 this year.

Couch told police he thought he still had one point left but the court heard he had lost that point from a speeding matter.

Couch pleaded guilty to low range drink driving and driving while on a demerit point suspension, at Ipswich Magistrates Court this week.

Defence lawyer David Millwater said his client had drunk two glasses of red wine with friends at dinner and didn't drive until two hours later.

"He didn't think he'd be over the limit," Mr Millwater said.

Mr Millwater said Couch was well respected in his place of employment as a sub-contractor installing fire protection services.

He said Couch would now have to employ a driver to take him to various worksites.

Couch was disqualified from driving for seven months and fined $500.



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