Drink-driver is a wanted man

A 29-YEAR-OLD Gladstone man is licking his wounds in the Gladstone watch house this morning after blowing .198 on Friday night.

Gladstone Police said the man was pulled over for a random breath test on Wattle Street at 11.40pm when he registered the high reading.

However, after being arrested for drink driving it was found that the man was wanted in relation to other matters and is still in custody.

The man will appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court today.

Another four drink drivers were arrested on Friday night in Gladstone. All four drivers blew low readings.

In other news, a Holden Commodore sedan was seized by police on Friday night at Agnes Water.

Agnes Water police stopped the vehicle on Fingerboard Road.

The male driver was arrested for repeated unlicensed driving with his vehicle seized and impounded for 48 hours.

The Gladstone air quality monitors registered slightly higher readings on Saturday with several fires around the region.

The Gladstone Fire Station said all the fires were permitted burns.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service have tightened laws about lighting small fires.

Previously people were able to light fires smaller than 2m in height and width without a permit, however the new regulations mean that during fire danger season, which runs from midnight of August 29 to midnight of January 2, all fires will require a permit.

QFRS Regional Manager of Rural Operations for the Central Region John Fisher said this was an essential safety measure following the devastating fires last year.

“We had a number of wild fires in Central Queensland that started from exactly these sorts of fires,” Mr Fisher said. 

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