Drunk driver fined for crash

A LOCKYER Valley man who crashed into a parked car while heavily intoxicated and under the influence of drugs has been slapped with a $1500 fine.

Gatton Magistrates' Court yesterday that Andrew John Green had smoked marijuana and consumed two shots of Galliano sambuca and bourbon before driving his Land Rover Freelander through Laidley.

Constable Vicki Kennedy-Grills told the court last Tuesday Green, a 29-year-old Blenheim resident, was on his way home about 6.30pm on May 28 when he crashed into a parked car in Patrick Street, Laidley.

Const Kennedy-Grills said Green collided with a parked Hilux.

The impact of the smash was such that it pushed the Hilux on to the footpath.

Police attended the scene, where they found Green beside his car, which was considered a write-off.

When police approached Green, they noticed his eyes were glazed and he was unsteady on his feet.

Const Kennedy-Grills said Green was taken to the Laidley hospital, where at 7.40pm he gave a blood sample. He recorded a blood alcohol reading of .10 and a positive reading for cannabis.

Green pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of liquor or a drug, and without care and attention.

When Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck asked Green what he thought he should do with him, Green replied that “this accident has already cost me a lot”.

He said he still had to pay off $7000 on his car and more than $4000 in damages for the other car.

Mr Schemioneck fined Green $1500 and disqualified him from driving for six months.

In a separate incident Jason Peter Vella, 25, was enjoying a few drinks at the Gatton Uni Club on July 31 when he walked more than an hour to his home in Glenore Grove.

He spent hours at his home sleeping off the affects of the alcohol until he received a call about 11pm.

Vella's girlfriend called him and asked for him to pick her up.

The university student was caught by police on his return trip driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.92.

He told police he thought he would be under the limit by the time he drove.

Vella pleaded guilty to drink driving and was fined $1000, disqualified for one month with no conviction recorded.


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