A crane operator in Central Queensland aged 43 spoiled his clean traffic history after being caught driving with drinks from a long range.
Andrew Benjamin Wilms pleaded guilty in Clermont Magistrates Court on Wednesday March 10th of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said Wilms was intercepted by police on Capricorn Street in Clermont at 1:30 a.m. on February 20.
After returning a positive roadside breath test, Wilms recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.162, more than three times the legal limit.
Attorney Brooke Winter said his client was extremely remorseful and embarrassed about his actions and apologized to the people of Clermont.
Mr Winter said Wilms has since completed a road safety training program that enabled him to understand the dangers of his actions.
Magistrate Robert Walker took into account Wilms’ clean traffic record, his employment, and the fact that he worked with a doctor to alleviate his problems, including his mother’s recent death.
Wilms was fined $ 1,000 and banned from driving for six months.
Due to his lack of a traffic history, Mr. Walker used his discretion not to record the conviction.