Triple-0 calls alerted police

A MAN who got behind the wheel while almost four times the legal blood-alcohol limit smashed into a concrete barrier and swerved between lanes before being pulled over.

Police received numerous triple-0 calls to report Brendon Michael Broadwater’s erratic driving on the Ipswich Motorway on September 10 last year.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Broadwater, 44, had crashed into a concrete median barrier about 2pm but continued to drive while swerving at other vehicles between lanes.

Police began following Broadwater’s car – which was smashed on both sides – at Wacol and saw him driving about 80kmh but swerving between lanes without warning, only narrowly missing the barriers.

Prosecutor Constable David Thiel said police activated lights and sirens, and Broadwater immediately pulled his car over and was co-operative.

“He said he had been drinking earlier in the day and was driving home when intercepted,” Cnst Thiel said.

Broadwater was breathalysed and recorded 0.19.

He pleaded guilty to dangerously operating a motor vehicle while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance and driving under the influence of liquor.

Broadwater was sentenced to 12 months’ jail which was wholly suspended for two years and his licence was disqualified for two years.

Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said his client had undergone alcohol counselling, had a new partner and was getting his life back on track. Mr Seaholme said Broadwater had a brain injury and it affected his decision-making and reduced his inhibitions, but he had not had any alcohol since being caught drink-driving in September last year.



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