Drunk driver leaps from moving car

A DRUNK driver jumped out of his moving vehicle during a police chase before it almost ploughed into a tree.

Dwaine Michael Green, 24, was speeding along Salisbury Rd, Ipswich at 2.30am, when police tried to pull him over.

Green did a U-turn and crossed over into another lane before making an illegal turn into the netball fields at Limestone Park.

While police activated lights and sirens, Green slowed down to about 30kmh, opened his door and tried to jump out of the moving car but had trouble gaining his feet.

He eventually got out and fled on foot, and police began chasing him.

The car rolled to a stop in a garden, narrowly missing a tree.

Police caught up with Green a short time later and he was arrested.

The police prosecutor said Green was unsteady on his feet and wasn't making sense when spoken to, often forgetting why he was being questioned by police.

When breath tested he blew 0.120 - more than twice the legal limit.

Officers also discovered he had been disqualified from driving by a court order only a month before the offence, which occurred on May 15 last year.

Green pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while adversely affected, disqualified driving, drink driving and obstructing police.

He was sentenced to six months prison, wholly suspended for 18 months, and disqualified from driving for three years.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said people couldn't be allowed to behave in such a way and expect the community to stand for it.

"The courts need to apply these laws to deter you and others from behaving in such a way," Mr Stjernqvist said.

The court heard Green had spent three months in prison towards the end of last year for a charge that was eventually dropped.



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