Nap in car costs driver

DRUNK, tired and with nowhere to rest at 3am, Anthony Benjamin Dallow opted to sleep in the front seat of his car.

It was a freezing cold morning, so the 50-year-old, turned the vehicle's engine on to warm up the car with the heater.

Unfortunately for Dallow, the circumstances were enough for police to charge him with drink driving, when officers noticed the vehicle parked by the side of the road.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Dallow pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said police found Dallow asleep in his car, after they noticed fumes coming from his vehicle's exhaust.

Dallow told police he had been staying two doors down from where he was parked, but that there had been a domestic incident and subsequently he decided to sleep in the car.

He said he had been drinking alcohol earlier that night. He was given a breath test and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.071. The offence took place in Raceview on September 20.

In his defence, Dallow told the court he felt he had no choice but to sleep in his car that night, but regretted his decision to turn on the engine.

"I live in Samford, which is about an hour drive from the house in Raceview I was staying at that night," he said. "At about 3am there was a heated domestic argument between some people in the house and when I tried to intervene, I was kicked out.

"I couldn't afford a taxi to get home, I didn't want to inconvenience anyone to come and pick me up and I didn't know anyone in the area.

"So I decided just to sleep in the car and that's when I made my mistake; it was a freezing night so I turned on the engine to activate the heater."

Dallow was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for two months.

QT's name and shame: This week's drink drivers

  • DEAN Juston Upkett pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Fernvale on August 26. The 37-year-old was pulled over by police at 9.30am, breath tested and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.088. He fined $800 and disqualified from driving for four months.
  • LISA Charmaine Behrend pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Haigslea on August 28. The 25-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for seven months.
  • JOSHUA Donohoe pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Blackstone on June 13. The 29-year-old was fined $350 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • JAMES Kevin Stewart pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Lowood on September 26. The 60-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • JASON Emir Tochez pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Redbank on October 4. The 23-year-old was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • WARNER Owen Cook pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Ipswich on October 3. The 62-year-old was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • BOBBY John Bornen pleaded guilty to driving without a licence while over the middle alcohol limit on July 19. The 19-year-old was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving for two years.
  • CRAIG Henry Hutchins pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Bundamba on September 2. The 32-year-old was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for two months.
  • TERRANCE Scott Jackson pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Boonah on October 3. The 55-year-old was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • MICHELLE Avalon Mercy pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Rosewood on October 2. The 36-year-old was fined $200 and disqualified from driving for month.
  • REBECCA Ann Louise Quilty-Maguire pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Flinders View on October 3. The 22-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for four months.
  • RONNIE Dean Ruddick pleaded guilty to driving while drugs were in his system in Plainland on June 18. The 47-year-old was fined $400 and disqualified from driving for a month.
  • JODIE Ann Cartledge pleaded guilty to driving over the middle alcohol limit in Karana Downs on October 8. The 43-year-old was fined $2000 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • LORAINE Craig pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit in Bundamba on October 8. The 29-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for three months.
  • ANDREW Cameron James Loxton pleaded guilty to driving without a licence while over the general alcohol limit in Brassall on October 4. The 38-year-old was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for six months.


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