Drunk Karara man reveals why four guns were in his boot
A KARARA man caught with three rifles and a shotgun in his car while he was more than three times the legal limit told police he was driving to Redcliffe to store them.
But at Warwick Magistrates Court this week, it was heard that Ronald Craig Siegert was instead found sitting in a Jeep Cherokee at Rodgers Creek just before 3am one night in May.
Siegert, 63, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Warwick Magistrates Court to one count each of driving a motor vehicle and possessing a weapon while under the influence of liquor.
Police Prosecutor Ken Wiggan said Siegert was found sitting in the driver's seat and told police he had been driving, his blood alcohol reading was .175.
"There were four firearms in the boot of his car and he confirmed they were his,” Sgt Wiggan said.
Acting Magistrate Jason Schubert said Siegert had committed similar offences previously and his criminal history showed he had an alcohol problem.
Referring to a document Siegert gave to the court, Mr Schubert said the man realised he needed professional help.
Siegert was sentenced to six months' probation and was disqualified from driving for nine months.