Drink driver ploughs through yard

AFTERNOON ales for a Stanthorpe man took a destructive turn as he ploughed though some shrubbery decorating a resident’s front yard on Wednesday.

A Stanthorpe Police spokeswoman said the 40-year-old man was arrested and allegedly blew almost fives times above the legal limit and was charged with drink driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

“Witnesses and road users were concerned about the behaviour... Police located the accused after following a trail of debris,” the spokeswoman said.

“He returned a positive reading of 0.241 per cent and will appear at Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on August 17.”

While Stanthorpe Police conceded the reading was “high”, it is not the state’s highest, which was also set on Wednesday by a Sunshine Coast woman who was arrested and recorded a reading more than eight times over the legal limit.

The 37-year-old Mudjimba woman had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.416.

This is the highest reading of the year and one of the worst recorded in Queensland’s history.

The previous record was set by a 43-year-old woman who allegedly blew 0.413 after she left the scene of a crash at Capalaba earlier this month.



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