Man drives with broken heart and alcohol content of .162

BREAK-UPS hurt - and more so if they're accompanied by a $900 fine, six-month driving disqualification and a recorded conviction.

On September 19, Darren Oscar Russ had had a rough day.

Before this, things were looking up. He'd recently taken a new job in Gladstone to be closer to his 13-year-old daughter, who lives in Mackay, and he was seeing a new girlfriend.

But an argument with his new beau saw the relationship end.

It also led Russ to the Tannum Sands Hotel.

His lawyer told the Gladstone Magistrates Court Russ had drunk at least six schooners of beer that night, after only planning to have one or two.

Many drinks later, Russ made the decision to drive back to Mt Larcom.

He didn't get far before being pulled over by the police and recording a blood alcohol reading of 0.162.

In court, he expressed deep remorse, with his only excuse being that he was drinking on an empty stomach - he had been too sad to eat.

Magistrate Russell Warfield didn't sympathise much with the heartbroken man.

"It's fairly irresponsible - Tannum Sands to Mt Larcom is no short drive," Mr Warfield said.



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