Four times over the limit

A MAN who blew almost four times the legal alcohol limit appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on three charges.

Martin Edward Gardiner pleaded guilty to UIL drink driving, not turning left from a left-turn-only lane and breach of bail undertaking.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said police intercepted the defendant at 3.30am on July 30 in Yarroon Street.

Police had observed Gardiner swerve around a traffic island from a left-turn-only lane.

He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.188. The defendant then failed to appear in court for the offences.

The defendant, who represented himself, told the court he got the court date wrong and it was a genuine mistake.

The 35-year-old had no priors for drink driving.

“You were almost four times over the legal limit and your ability to drive would have been greatly impaired,” Magistrate Carroll said.

Gardiner was fined $1500 or 20 days jail with convictions recorded for the driving offences. He was also disqualified from driving for 10 months.

Meanwhile, a man almost double the legal limit also faced court on a drink-driving charge.

Stanley Zeke Perkinson pleaded guilty to the offence which occurred on August 21 around midnight on Mellefont Street. He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.096.

“It was a bad judgement on my part and I apologise,” the defendant said.

Perkinson was fined $700 or nine days jail with a conviction recorded. He was disqualified from driving for three months.

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