Driver flips ute, whacks water tank 8 hours after drinking

EIGHT hours after his last drink, Michael Harvey's world took a tumble when he lost control of his ute and it rolled at Calliope.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins told Gladstone Magistrates Court police went to the crash scene on June 6 along a gravel road and saw a damaged ute on its roof.

The driver was tracked to his home and breath tested, giving an alcohol reading of .109.

Harvey, 24, a deckhand, told officers the crash happened about eight hours after his last alcoholic drink.

Sgt Hoskins said Harvey had an injured hand and told police he grazed it after "punching a water tank" when he got home.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Harvey had felt okay to drive but was just happy he suffered no injuries.

Harvey's ute was written off, which Mr Pepito said was also punishment.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said it was fortunate Harvey had not injured himself or killed someone because his age also fitted the demographic of deaths by road accident.

He was fined $800 and lost his licence for six months.



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