Drunk driver caught after he crossed the lines

A DRUNK driver was caught more than three times the legal limit when he got behind the wheel the day after a night of heavy drinking.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Matthew David Lobley pleaded guilty to driving under the influence.

The 33-year-old was pulled over by police at 1.20pm on September 20 in North Ipswich when he failed to keep left of the double continuous lines.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said he was breath-tested and recorded a blood alcohol result of 0.165.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess noted Lobley had previous drink-driving convictions.

"You were before the court for drink driving in 2011, 2007 and 2000," she said.

Lobley put his latest drink-driving charge down to "poor judgment".

He said the night before he was pulled over he had been up all night drinking.

"I went to sleep, I woke up and drove," he said.

"I should have known better.

"I made a mistake. I know it's not my first time but it will be my last time."

Lobley was convicted, fined $750 and disqualified from driving for nine months.



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