Man blows 0.217, pleads not guilty

JUST a few hours after he was given a court order to lay off the grog, a 40-year-old serial drink driver was caught with his pants down relieving himself in the Condamine River and recorded a breath alcohol reading of 0.217 per cent.

Thulimbah man Craig Lawrence Worth had been released on bail on Monday for several alleged offences, including three drink driving matters in Bundaberg, Stanthorpe and Warwick, under the condition he did not consume alcohol.

But Warwick Police were called to the Condamine River green-belt just a few hours later after it was alleged a woman driving with her 13-year-old daughter spotted Worth urinating off the jetty.

“He was breathalysed and recorded an alleged reading of 0.217 per cent... which was phenomenal if he hasn’t been drinking to record,” the police prosecutor told the Warwick Magistrates Court this week.

During Monday’s court appearance Worth had said he would not touch alcohol as a condition of his release after a theological debate with Magistrate Anne Thacker.

“Thought you were innocent until proven guilty,” the 40-year-old said.

“Humans are God’s creatures and machines are made from potassium.

“I’m a human being and I’m more important than a machine on this offence.

“I’m not guilty, I’m pleading innocent.”

A bemused Magistrate Thacker merely responded, “Listen to me”.

“We’re now in the 21st century and that was the law a long time ago but with drink driving matters there’s a lot of stuff that’s now automatic (penalties) based on machinery.

“I agree with what you said but the law agrees with these machines whether you like it or not and you’re not the only one who doesn’t like them.”

Worth then swapped his camping tent on the green belt for a “terrible” bunk at the Warwick Police watch-house and less than 24 hours later faced Magistrate Thacker again.

“Have faith and trust in me, I’ll do the right thing your worship, I do respect you,” Worth told Magistrate Thacker.

“I did not drink at all on (Monday) and I used a public toilet to go to the toilet... Warwick is a very big city with men, women and children and I will not urine in public... it’s disgusting.

“I do not drink alcohol and I want to return to my property at Stanthorpe.

“I just spent a very long time in a very bad place in a cell and it’s terrible, I’m not happy.”

Magistrate Thacker labelled Worth an “unacceptable risk to the community” and his bail application was refused.

Worth was taken into custody and transferred to Toowoomba.

He is set to reappear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on August 17 facing seven charges.

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