Man drove with .249 reading

A MAN who registered a blood-alcohol content almost five times the legal limit was caught getting out of his car holding a beer.

Ipswich Magistrate’s Court heard police received a tip-off of a possible drink-drive offender and arrived just in time to see Allan Lee Lewald get out of his car with a beer in hand.

He was breathalysed and recorded 0.249.

Lewald, 33, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor and was given a six-month jail sentence, wholly suspended for two years, and fined $1000.

His licence was disqualified for five years.

Lewald has several prior convictions for drink-driving.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client was only moving the car from the road to a carport but was spotted by a neighbour who works as a parole officer.

“It was obviously a very stupid thing to do,” Mr Fairclough told the court. Given his reading his thought processes weren’t adequately working.”

Mr Fairclough said Lewald, a disability pensioner and father, had alcohol issues.



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