Roy Grant McCullagh was caught driving almost three times the limit at 0.14.
Roy Grant McCullagh was caught driving almost three times the limit at 0.14. Facebook

'That's just selfishness': Alcoholic blasted for driving

A VICIOUS generational cycle of alcohol abuse has its grip on a Coast man, who was caught driving almost three times the legal limit.

Roy Grant McCullagh, 24, was driving home from Alexandra Headland on December 22 when he was pulled over by police.

Officers reported being able to smell liquor on his breath and when he was tested, blew 0.14.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty to drink driving with his lawyer telling the Maroochydore Magistrates Court that McCullagh's father, grandfather and great grandfather had all previously been alcoholics.

The court heard McCullagh is striving to address his "serious issues with alcohol and drugs" and wants to access rehabilitation.

He currently manages a local caravan park and his employer speaks highly of him, the court heard.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said while he "sympathised" with McCullagh's addiction, his issues with alcohol had "nothing to do with drink driving".

"That's just selfishness," he said.

"You don't have to do that because you've got an alcohol problem."

McCullagh's behaviour was referred to as "out of character" in personal references given to the court, but this was rejected by Mr McLaughlin due to two previous marks on his history for drink driving.

McCullagh was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for eight months.


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