'Me and my ute's smashed'

IN SLURRED speech, Haydan Kuchler admitted being "smashed" to police, after rolling his ute onto its side in April.

Police officers attended Albion St, outside the Warwick RSL, at 9.55pm on April 27 to find the Warwick man attempting to crawl out of the upturned vehicle.

The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard an intoxicated Kuchler told officers he was "smashed" and had been drinking "all afternoon".

Officers who attended the scene noticed Kuchler smelled strongly of alcohol and bore the indicators of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

A blood test returned a reading of 0.210, more than four times the legal limit.

This was not the first high-range reading for the 30-year-old, who was convicted of driving with a reading of 0.202 in 2007.

Kuchler told the court he had always had a drinking problem and admitted to taking up the habit from around "10 or 11 years old".

"I know I drink too much and my wife is trying to help me cut back," he said.

Magistrate Graham Lee conceded the seriousness of the Warwick man's drinking problem and during sentencing considered the availability of treatment options for Kuchler.

Mr Lee told the court that any fine imposed for such a reading, combined with Kuchler's history, would be "astronomical".

He was placed on nine months probation and disqualified from driving for a period of 18 months.



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