Better off in jail

A REPEAT offender who was six times over the legal limit while driving along the Bruce Highway at Colosseum on Friday has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and will be off the road for five years.

In handing down the sentence, Magistrate Damian Carroll told the offender, Jarrod Pearce, 31, of Warana, he was unimpressed by his responses to the charges.

Pearce pleaded guilty to the charges, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle; unlicensed driving; drink-driving; and possession of dangerous drug. At the time of offending, he had an outstanding offence from September 13.

He recorded a breath alcohol concentration of 0.329 on Friday.

“You have a terrible driving history,” Mr Carroll said.

Mr Carroll told the court of Mr Pearce’s three previous convictions for disqualified driving (2005, 2004, 2002), two convictions of unlicensed driving, four convictions of unlawful use of a motor vehicle (2001, two in 1999 and 1998), a conviction in 2008 of driving without due care and attention and a range of drug convictions, totalling 13.

Mr Pearce recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.169 in a previous drink-driving offence.

“The only thing in your favour was it did not rank a police pursuit,” he said.

Police intercepted Mr Pearce on the Bruce Highway about 8.15am after receiving calls from the public from 7.40am relating to the white Mitsubishi being driven all over the road, on the wrong side of the road at blind spots and at excessive speed.

“That was the first Friday of the school holidays,” Mr Carroll said. “There was a lot of traffic on the road.”

Police alleged Mr Pearce had driven 40km between the time of the first report from the public and apprehension about 20km south of Miriam Vale, had extreme bloodshot eyes, and told them he was driving from Gympie to Caloundra.

“You were clearly disorientated,” Mr Carroll said. He also said Mr Pearce told police he had consumed two litres of wine, starting at sunrise that day.

Mr Pearce was sentenced to 18 months’ jail and a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years for disqualified driving.

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