Man causes road chaos

A MAN driving erratically on the Gladstone-Benaraby Road causing other drivers to take evasive action appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a charge of driving without due care and attention.

Guy Plaxton, 48, pleaded guilty to the offence. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said a motorist phoned police at 3pm on June 30 to report a car driving dangerously and swaying onto the wrong side of the road.

Police intercepted the car on Malpas Street after it had crashed into a parked car. “He shouldn't be on the road, he will kill someone and is not a fit and proper person to hold a drivers licence,” Snr Const Daubaras told Magistrate Damian Carroll.

Defence solicitor Brad Krebs said his client fell asleep at the wheel and regretted his actions.

Magistrate Carroll told the defendant his driving was at the upper end of the scale of driving without due care and attention. “Your driving caused a significant risk of injury and I must set a deterrent to both you and other persons,” Mr Carroll said.

Plaxton was fined $450 or six days in jail and disqualified from driving for five months.

A man who miscalculated his alcohol intake also pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to drink-driving.

Robbie Wilson Ditchburn was intercepted by police at 5pm on August 7 on Rosella Street.

He had a blood alcohol reading of 0.061 and had been drinking at the Grand Hotel and was dropping a friend home.

Defence solicitor Stacey O'Gorman said her client went to the pub for lunch but was too late and didn't end up eating.

“It was a low reading,” Magistrate Damian Carroll said.

Ditchburn was fined $180 or two days in jail and disqualified from driving for one month.

Nathan Dale Tobler pleaded guilty to possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils.

Prosecutor Snr Const Daubaras said police attended the defendant's address on August 27 for a domestic violence matter.

They found a bowl containing cannabis and a cone piece.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client was a plasterer and the cannabis was for personal use.

Magistrate Damian Carroll ordered Tobler to undergo the drug diversion program and placed him on a good behaviour bond for four months or forfeit $350.



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