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Drunk caught after car breaks down on way to bottle shop

BREAKING down on a booze run has cost a drunk driver $1440 and a six-month prison sentence.

Joseph Roberts put number plates on an unregistered vehicle to drive to a bottleshop, but he broke down at the Tank and Toolooa Sts roundabout in Gladstone.

Police breathalysed Roberts, who returned a reading of .207 - four times the legal limit - Police Prosecutor Merrilyn Hoskins told Gladstone Magistrates Court.

The silver Toyota Camry he drove without a licence was unregistered and uninsured, and had another vehicle's number plates attached.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said she was not surprised Roberts was over the limit.

"Presumably if you're an alcoholic you'll generally have alcohol in your system," Magistrate Hay said.

Defence lawyer Brad Krebs said alcoholism, depression and a recent family trauma had taken a toll on his client.

He told the court Roberts "was not in a happy place" when he was charged.

Magistrate Hay ordered a six-month prison sentence with immediate parole, a further three-year licence suspension, and tow fines of $1440 in total.

A conviction will be recorded.

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