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Driver's licence celebrations end in losing it again

A DRINK driver with priors who pleaded with a Gladstone magistrate not to jail him, was happy to instead have his wallet whacked hard with a hefty $3000 fine.

Adrian John Dodd, 31, from West Gladstone, had been out celebrating his purchase of an old Holden Kingswood ute when he was caught driving home with a blood-alcohol reading of .200.

Dodd pleaded guilty yesterday in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving under the influence, obstruction of police, and failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis.

However, Dodd was slammed by magistrate Mark Morrow who labelled his history of offences as "atrocious".

Dodd, a scaffolder, told the court he lost his licence for five years for previous offending.

He said he only just got it back so went out and bought a 1978 model Kingswood.

It was a rainy day and he had been drinking at the pub.

"I did the wrong thing. I just brought a ute and now I can't drive it," he lamented.

"I don't want to go to jail."

Dodd represented himself and clearly realised that with a blood-alcohol reading four times the legal limit he was about to lose it again for a lengthy time.

He told the magistrate of his regret at not being able to take his son out to such activities as visiting monkeys.

Mr Morrow quickly reassured Dodd that he would not be sending him to jail although if he reoffended he could find himself getting close to it.

He fined Dodd $3000.

Mr Morrow told Dodd that this was better than jail - a point made that Dodd did not disagree with.

Dodd was also disqualified from driving for two years.

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