Unlicensed drunk driver crashes boss's car

A DISQUALIFIED driver who had been drinking before he stole his boss's car and then crashed it in South Toowoomba has been jailed.

Legal defence for Jared Phillip Webb yesterday told Toowoomba Magistrates Court the 29-year-old had turned to Alcoholics Anonymous to help him give up the substance identified as a key to his offending.

It came after the court heard the Gold Coast man was staying with his boss at the Shamrock Hotel in Ruthven St on the night of the offence.

Prosecutor Greg McIntyre said the two men had been at the pub when the boss retired to his room about 10pm.

Mr McIntyre said Webb had stayed out and at some time had come back to the room to remove the car keys and take the vehicle from the carpark.

He said the first the boss knew of it was when Webb came into his room about 1.30am on October 4 to wake him and throw the keys to him.

The man realised the car was no longer in the carpark and soon discovered police waiting with the stricken vehicle at the intersection of Ruthven and Long Sts.

Mr McIntyre said it was wedged on a retaining wall.

Webb subsequently recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.143 per cent.

Defence solicitor Claire Graham said as well as quitting drinking, her client had undergone a Queensland Traffic Offenders Program.

"He knows now that he does stupid things when he is drinking," Ms Graham said.

She said her client had new full-time employment.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said it was obvious alcohol was a cause for Webb's problems.

"You were aware you shouldn't have been driving your boss's vehicle," Mr Carroll said.

He sentenced Webb to six months in prison, with immediate parole.

Webb was also disqualified from driving for two years and three months and was placed on probation for 18 months.



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