Drink-drive dad of 14 jailed after 37th conviction
WARREN Jones (pictured) may as well have driven straight to jail.
On parole after doing time for drink and disqualified driving, Jones was caught at it again - nearly five times over the limit.
He was given another jail sentence yesterday for his 20th drink driving charge and 17th disqualified driving charge.
The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard that Jones recorded a blood alcohol concentration of 0.234% after being caught by police on Yandina-Coolum Rd at Coolum Beach on September 18.
The 51-year-old father of 14 was described in court as an alcoholic.
THE court heard Jones was without any self-control when it came to driving.
"He's a recidivist driver who just doesn't care," prosecutor Sergeant Jamie Baker told the court.
"As soon as he gets out, he drives again,'' Sgt Baker said.
"Not only does he drive again but he drives again while he's almost five times the legal limit.
"He's an alcoholic who can't control himself."
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The latest charges against Jones came after police on patrol noticed an unregistered car parked on the roadside.
The court heard that Jones, who smelt strongly of alcohol, told officers he had drunk six stubbies.
He told them he was driving home to Coolum after visiting his daughter at Nambour.
Sgt Baker said that Jones had been sentenced to the maximum of 18 months in jail for disqualified driving in 2013.
However, that had not stopped him from doing it again.
"In my 22 years in policing. I've never seen anyone like this repeatedly come before the same jurisdiction for the same offences regardless of what penalty he receives," Sgt Baker said.
Lawyer Rod Morgan, of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service, said Jones had taken steps to beat his alcoholism.
However, he relapsed after the deaths of his cousin, sister-in-law and best friend in a short space of time.
Mr Morgan did not argue against the maximum sentence of 18 months jail for his client.
He did ask the magistrate to take into account his client's guilty pleas, the circumstances of the offences, and the events that triggered his relapse and consider parole after six months.
Magistrate Barry Barrett sentenced Jones to 18 months on each charge but set parole after eight months.
He said he had to take into account Jones's high reading and history.
"You present a totally unacceptable risk every time you get behind the wheel where you shouldn't be in the first place," Mr Barrett told him.
Jones was further disqualified for periods of two and five years to add to disqualifications which already took him up to 2017.
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