Drink driver hits 140kph at .176

A REPEAT drink driver who drove through city streets at 140 kilometres an hour with a breath alcohol concentration of 0.176 per cent appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Ricky Julian Zaccaria, 31, pleaded guilty to a major drink driving offence, speeding and using an unauthorised number plate. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steven Morris said Zaccaria was travelling outbound on the Dawson Highway at 10pm on November 13 when he passed a police vehicle at 80kph.

The officers followed him and when he turned into Philip Street, said he was travelling at 140kph in a 60kph zone. They intercepted Zaccaria in Shaw Street.

Once stopped Zaccaria told police he was not aware of what speed he was doing, and had consumed six schooners of full strength beer prior to the in-cident.

Number plates on his car displayed the correct information, however he had made copies which matched the colour of his vehicle.

The court also heard of a previous drink driving charge for Zaccaria in July last year. Defence counsel Greg Michel told the court his client accepted most of the facts but didn't believe he reached 140kph.

Magistrate Mark Morrow disqualified Zaccaria from driving for 18 months on the drink driving charge, 12 months on the speeding and ordered him to pay an $1800 fine.



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