Trolley boys bring down drink driver
A GLADSTONE man appeared in court yesterday after supermarket trolley boys dobbed him in for drink driving.
Steven George Ryan pleaded guilty to a major reading for drink driving and contravening a requirement in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jane Doran said staff at Stockland Gladstone rang police beat after the defendant became abusive to staff about 11.30am on December 14.
Staff at the retail shop said Ryan sat down at a computer and started using it, according to Snr Const Doran.
Despite being told the computers were only for staff use and being asked to leave, he refused and became abusive.
When police arrived the man had left but staff were able to point out Ryan and another man at the shop- ping centre and staff said they believed the men to be drunk.
Police followed Ryan who later returned to the store and poked 'childishly' at the keyboard.
The men were escorted away from the shopping centre and told not to return.
When police asked Ryan if he had driven there he said no but it was established his ute was in the carpark.
The plant operator said he would not have been drink driving because he had been involved in an accident with a drink driver only recently.
The trolley boys later told police the ute had gone and police found it outside of his residence.
Ryan was found inside passed out on his bed and soon admitted to returning to the mall and driving home.
Magistrate Joan White fined Ryan a total of $700 and disqualified him for six months.